The director of Golden Dragon Acrobats brings a new Chinese acrobatic show called "Cirque Ziva" to the College of Lake County on Friday, Feb. 22. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts.
"Cirque ZÝva" was created in 2011 for a 10-week engagement at Asbury Park Boardwalk's Paramount Theatre in New York. An instant success that earned critical acclaim and attracted packed houses, Cirque ZÝva is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented new show.
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The 25 performing acrobats are athletes, actors and artists who will amaze the audience with acrobatic feats using their bodies and simple props such as plates, jugs, bicycles, umbrellas and more. The large cast and spectacular set designs illustrate the best of Asian Artists Productions, Inc.'s brand of artistic merit, high production value and solid commitment to cultural exchange.
Producer Danny Chang is one of the world's leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. He began training at age 8 with his family's acrobatic school in Taipei and joined its touring wing, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, at age 10. He has received many awards, including the prestigious Medal for International Faith and Goodwill by the Republic of China's Coordination Council for North American Affairs. In 1998, Chang restructured the Golden Dragon Acrobats to form Asian Artists Productions, Inc. (AAPI). While the new company continued to produce and tour the Golden Dragon Acrobats, AAIP expanded to create theatrically elaborate shows like "Circo Magnifico," "Dream," "Pagoda," "Cirque D'or" and others, each for a specific U.S. market.
"Cirque ZÝva" is the latest of these shows, created in 2011 by AAPI in coordination with renowned lighting director Tony Tucci (American Ballet Theatre's Configurations with Mikhail Baryshnikov; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre; 1996 Summer Olympics Cultural Olympiad).
Regular: Regular $39/33/28; Senior/Staff/Alumni $38/32/27; CLC Student/Teen: $16; Children $13. Prices include a $1 JLC facility fee per ticket. Additional fees may apply. Discounts are available for groups of six or more adults. For more information on group sales, call (847) 543-2431 or email JLCgroupsales@clcillinois.edu. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., phone: (847) 543-2300 (option 5) or website: www.clcillinois.edu/tickets.
The rest of the 2012-13 JLC Professional Touring Season includes the following events:
The Passing Zone presents Gravity Attacks! (comedic jugglers) on Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Orbert Davis Quintet (Chicago jazz trumpeter) on Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
"Sleeping Beauty" featuring David Gonzalez (multimedia storytelling) on Saturday, May 4 at noon
3 Blonde Moms… See How They Run! (stand-up comedy) on Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m.