National Acrobats from China showcase skills, thrills at RIC, Nov. 9

(Photo: © CAMI)

(Photo: © CAMI)
Stunning costumes, incredible balancing acts and fast-paced acrobatics…the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China are coming to RIC for a Performing Arts Series presentation on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in The Auditorium in Roberts Hall.

Direct from Beijing, the troupe is touring the U.S. and Canada this year with an exciting program of plate spinning, hand-to-hand balancing, contortion skills, bicycling, juggling, bowl balancing and much more.

The National Acrobats have earned multiple national and international awards for their performances, including “Slack Wire,” a Presidential Gold Award winner at the 24th Cirque de Demain Festival in Paris, and “Pagoda of Bowls,” which received the Golden Clown Award at the 28th Monte Carlo International Circus Festival.

The company has also received outstanding reviews at home and abroad for numbers such as “China Soul,” “Reverie,” “Acrobatic Spectacular” and “Splendid.”

Since becoming the People’s Republic of China’s first national performing arts troupe, in 1950, the company has toured in over 40 countries around the globe.

Tickets for the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China are $35. Discounts are available for seniors, children and RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni. Purchase tickets in advance with Visa, MasterCard or Discover, by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at; or in person at the Nazarian Center Box Office in Roberts Hall. The Box Office is also open for sales two hours prior to performance start time in the appropriate show venue.