SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - There will be colorful, spinning umbrellas, cleverly balanced chairs and flying people when the Golden Dragon Acrobats open Slippery Rock University's 2010-11 Performing Arts Series Sept. 10.
Season and individual tickets to the four-performance series and a number of special cultural events are now available. All four series shows are at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Auditorium. Reservations for special pre-performance dinners, offered by AVI, the campus contract food vendor, are also available.
The Golden Dragon Acrobats will bring the best of the time-honored tradition of acrobatics to SRU. The first such shows began more than 2,500 years ago.
Founded in 1967 by Lien Chi Chang, the group was taken over by his son Danny Chin Chang Chang in 1984 when the elder Chang was named head coach at the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts.
The younger Chang, who began his acrobat career at age 7, reorganized the company and began a series of national tours that included performances on Broadway.
As director and producer, Chang built a solid reputation based on his talents as both an acrobatic performer and artistic director. His wife, Angela Chang, serves as the troupe's choreographer.
"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," Chang said.
"This is a very entertaining show meant for the entire family," said Deborah Baker, SRU director of special events. "In addition to traditional dance and acrobatics, the show offers spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques that give the audience a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty."
The award-winning Golden Dragon Acrobats has performed in all 50 states as part of its annual 200-perforamance per-year schedule. Recent stops include the John F. Kennedy Center and the Ford Theater in Washington, D.C.
The troupe has been the recipient of the National Association of Campus Activities Entertainer of the Year Award seven times, has earned the Campus Activities Today's Performer of the Year Award and two New York Drama Desk Award nominations for its Broadway performances.