3/29/2006 Houston-- For centuries, dating back to the Ch'in Dynasty (221-206 B.C.), Chinese acrobats have strived to perfect this evolving folk art form. Approximately 100,000 acrobats in China train extensively for nearly six years, studying at schools dedicated solely to the art. But only the best are chosen to become members of an elite world-touring troupe known as "The Peking Acrobats."

Fortunately for Houston audiences, The Peking Acrobats will perform on Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 2 p.m. in Jones Hall. Presented by Society for the Performing Arts (S.P.A.), The Peking Acrobats features exciting new acts and twists to old favorites such as wire-walking. This remarkable troupe of China's most talented tumblers, jugglers, cyclists and gymnasts will astound audiences with their gravity-defying feats such as "Kung-Fu Surprise," "The Nose Knows It," and "Lion Dance."

"The Peking Acrobats' display of ancient folk art and daring balancing acts will dazzle Houston audiences," said S.P.A. Executive Director Georgiana Young. "High-tech special effects and the inventive, awe-inspiring displays of skill create an exciting event for people of all ages."

Musical accompaniment by an exotic Chinese orchestra adds authenticity and enhances the amazing performance. Perched atop a precariously balanced tower of chairs, these amazing athletes perform with powerful precision and flexibility.

Using everything from bicycles and hoops to poles and plates, The Peking Acrobats perform a breathtaking program. Watching these masters of human contortion, one can easily see why this ancient art form has endured for more than 2000 years.
For ticket information, call 713-227-4SPA

(Contributed by Houston Community Newspapers, Pam Gibbens)