PEMBROKE — Formed in 1959, the Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China has performed in more than 30 countries, snagging top honors in acrobatics competitions worldwide.
On Oct. 18, the company will perform its daring feats at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s Givens Performing Arts Center with “Shanghai Nights.”
“This show features more than 50 of China’s top acrobats, blending breath-taking excitement with beautiful elegance,” an announcement from the venue says. Attendees can expect to see contortionists, martial arts, plate spinning and acrobats flying through the air on rings suspended above the stage.
“Shanghai Nights” follows a dreaming young boy as he meets a beautiful phoenix and travels through a fantasy world. Aerial silk acrobats, jugglers, unicyclists and more illustrate the joy, color and eventually the destruction of the fantasy world as it is overtaken by evil before the boy awakens.
“The stories presented will be told through the beauty of movement, music, and color, each highlighting the wonderfully diverse nature of Shanghai,” the announcement says.
The show is from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
The stop in Pembroke is part of a coast-to-coast North American tour of “Shanghai Nights,” the company’s newest performance. Shanghai Acrobats has performed with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Cirque du Soleil.
Ticket prices range from $21 to $36. UNCP faculty and staff can purchase tickets for $16, and UNCP students can buy $10 tickets. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, located in the main lobby of GPAC, by phone at 910-521-6361, or online at uncp.edu/gpactickets. Two free tickets to the show are being given away by GPAC. To enter, RSVP to the event on GPAC’S Facebook page. A winner will be selected Monday.
The performance is the second in GPAC’s 2016-2017 series. To see a full season schedule, visit uncp.edu/gpac.
Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.