The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque D’Or
The Calvin Theater in Northampton, MA
On Sunday, March 1st, 2009 @ 4pm
We are pleased to offer four free tickets to see the Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque D’Or performed live in Northampton, MA at the Calvin Theater on Sunday, March 1st, at 4 pm, courtesy of Iron Horse Entertainment. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, 02/25/09 @ 7pm (EST). More details below.
The ancient art of Chinese Acrobatics is an old and long running tradition that began in China well over two thousand years ago. Over its long and rich history it has developed as one of the most popular art forms among the Chinese people.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form.
VIDEO & STUDY GUIDE
View the promo video below to get a sample of their performance, and click here to download a 20-page study guide put together by the University of California for teachers, parents and homeschooling families.
HISTORY OF CHINESE ACROBATICS
While many historical records provide evidence for the development of Chinese acrobatics as far back as the Xia Dynasty (4000 years ago), it is most commonly held that the art form did not become wildly popular until approximately 2,500 years ago when it began to capture the attention of the country’s powerful emperors.
During the Warring States Period (475 BC – 221 BC) acrobatics in China began to evolve from the working lives of its people. Instruments of labor, such as tridents and wicker rings, and articles of daily use such as tables, chairs, jars, plates and bowls began to be used as performance props. This unorganized form of entertainment and leisure eventually evolved into a form of performance that became recognizable to the Chinese people.
During the Han Dynasty (221 BC – 220 AD) these rudimentary acts of acrobatics developed into the “Hundred Plays”. More contents and varieties were quick to develop. Musical accompaniment was soon added to the performance as interest in the art form grew among the emperors. During the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD) the number of acrobats greatly increased as the skills of each individual performer slowly began to become much more precise and amazing.
Since these early times, acrobatics have evolved into many forms of performances including dance, opera, martial arts, and sports. However, the impact of Chinese acrobatics goes far beyond the boundaries of performance as it has served an important role in the cultural exchange between China and Western nations including the United States. The citizens of China continue to present their acrobatic art for the world today, as it portrays the hard working nature of their people and sets forth an example of the rich traditions of Chinese culture.
HOW TO WIN
Your chance to win tickets to see the Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque D’Or is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply
- POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
- NAME and where you
- LIVE (TOWN/STATE) PLEASE include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner(s) from those who leave a comment (along with their name and town/state) and post the results below.
- We have up to four free tickets to offer, so be sure to include how many tickets you would like to win.
- ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
- The winner will be contacted with details on how to retrieve tickets via email upon the close of the contest.
IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 02/25/09 @ 7pm (EST).
If you don’t win you should still go! Tickets are available here.