Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats to kick off Concert Series

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Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats to kick off Concert Series

October 6, 2009

On Monday, Oct. 19, the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats will perform at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

All Concert Series performances will be held in Herod Hall Auditorium.

The performance will consist of sensational Chinese acrobatics, balancing feats, martial arts displays and much more. It is a spectacular show for all ages.

 Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats

Chinese acrobatics are much more than just a series of stunts. Most of these acts demonstrate the achievement of perfection through finding harmony between mind and body, an ancient concept in the Orient.

This group has performed in venues all over the world and has been seen on the Family Channel’s “Home & Family Show,” hosted by Christina Ferrari, KTLA’s “Good Morning LA,” and New York One News. They also have been seen on CNN, where they were interviewed by Christiane Amanpour. They have met many celebrities and dignitaries over the years, including former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Roslyn.

The performers enjoy traveling the world and sharing their ancient art with audiences young and old. From major performing arts venues to colleges, universities and prestigious arts festivals across North America, this versatile and fun attraction thrills audiences with their death-defying skill.

Training to become a member of the touring company of the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats begins at an early age. It is a family affair, and the children watch their parents contort, leap and sail through the air.

Becoming an accomplished Chinese Acrobat offers the performer a special status in China, equivalent to that of an American Opera star, and allows them the opportunity to travel around the world, sharing their talents with a wide variety of audiences.
Formal lessons and training begin at the age of 5 or 6, when observation has already become a fantastic teacher. There are three schools for the arts in China, the first dealing with dance, the second with Chinese opera and the third with acrobatics. Acrobatic students spend four hours each day going through their paces, so that by the time they reach the age of 14 or 15, their art has become a part of their daily lives and is virtually second nature.

The entertainment provided by these gifted performers appeals to all ages from young children to grandparents. Most important, there is no language barrier for the audience attending a performance by the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats.

Tickets can be purchased at Holder Drug, Schuhmacher’s, and the NWOSU Bookstore or by calling (580) 327-8692. Adult season tickets are $30 (a $40 value) and student season tickets are $15 (a $20 value). Tickets to individual performances will be sold on an “as available” basis at $10 for adults and $5 for students.

For more information regarding the Concert Series, contact Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, concert series chairman and associate professor of music, at (580) 327-8692 or via email at sakingsbury@nwosu.edu.

The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is made possible with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for Fine Arts and the Share Trust of Alva.

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