Acrobats open family series

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at the Jasper Arts Centers at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

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JASPER — The Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform at the Jasper Arts Center at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, kicking off the 2013-14 Family Fun Series.

The show will feature more than 30 performers who will entertain with acrobatics, theatrical enhancements and Chinese traditional dance. The group features contortionists, tumblers and jugglers in acts such as plate-spinning, bicycle pagoda and juggling balls, umbrellas and other items using hands and feet. The acrobats will be seen perching atop a 30-foot tower of chairs, bending like rubber and balancing human pyramids while riding moving bicycles.

The art of Chinese acrobatics is an ancient tradition that began in China more than 2,000 years ago. The Golden Dragon Acrobats hail from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in China and have toured the United States continuously since 1978. Its members are athletes, actors and artists who have studied and trained for their craft since early childhood. The group’s founder, producer and director, Danny Chang, is one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. He began his training at the age of 8 with his family’s acrobatic school in Taipei and began performing with its touring wing, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, at age 10.

This performance is suitable for all ages.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats also will perform Friday at the arts center for Dubois County students. The performances are being funded by an arts grant obtained by the Dubois County Community Foundation.

Tickets, priced at $15 for adults and $8 for students and children, for Saturday’s performance are available by calling the arts center at 482-3070.

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