Chinese acrobats take BU stage

For immediate release: October 20, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — Chinese acrobats will bring the skills and talents perfected during a lifetime of daily training to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania for a Celebrity Artist Series program on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats will close both BU’s homecoming weekend and the week of events celebrating the inauguration of BU’s 18th president, David L. Soltz. Tickets for the show in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, are $20 for adults and $10 for BU students and children under 12. The show is appropriate for all ages.

Under the direction of acrobatic legends, the Hai family, the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats interpret the art form honed by years of training and discipline. The Hai family has directed and led the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats for more than 20 years in performances worldwide.

Training to become a member of the troupe begins at an early age. Formal lessons and training begin at age 5 or 6. Acrobatic students spend four hours each day in practice so, by the time they reach 14 or 15, their art has become a part of their daily lives and is virtually second nature, according to the Hai family. Becoming an accomplished Chinese acrobat offers the performer a special status in China, equivalent to that of an American opera star, and allows them to share their talents with a wide variety of audiences.

The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats have been honored with the National Association for Campus Activities’ performing arts campus entertainment award for their combination of acrobatic displays, feats of daring and balance, Kung Fu, costumes and Chinese comedy.

All programs in the Celebrity Artist Series’ 23rd season are being presented in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, while Haas Center for the Arts is renovated.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.