Golden Dragon Acrobats Bring Breathtaking Show to Bucks

Multitalented troupe from China returns to Newtown for two shows at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sun. Sept. 29.

Nearly three millennia of Chinese cultural tradition take the stage Sunday, September 29, when the Golden Dragon Acrobats return to Bucks County Community College in Newtown.

The troupe from Cangzhou in China’s Hebei province performed to a standing-room-only crowds at the college in 2002 and 2005. This year, they bring an all-new show that combines the rich heritage of Chinese performing arts with traditional and modern costumes, lighting, and set design.

The graceful art form, which some say dates back to early imperial China around 700 BC, includes juggling items connected to ancient peasant life such as rings, wicker hats, umbrellas, chairs, bowls, plates, and tridents. The Golden Dragon Acrobats also perform a traditional lion dance, similar to the dragon dance seen at Chinese New Year celebrations. Contortionists take a wild a spin on a giant wheel, and daring men climb a 30-foot tower of chairs to complete the spellbinding program.

For more than three decades, the Golden Dragon Acrobats have performed in more than 65 countries on five continents, including performances at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Broadway’s New Victory Theater.

There will be only two performances, at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, September 29, in the Gateway Auditorium of the campus at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, Pa., 18940, where there is ample free parking. Tickets are $24.50 for adults, and $15 for children age 12 and under, seniors over age 65, and BCCC students, faculty, and staff (must show BCCC ID at the box office).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucks.edu/cultural,  For group sales, call the Office of Cultural and Community Programming at 215-968-8087. This event is made possible by funding and support from the Bucks County Community College Cultural Affairs Committee.

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations
215-968-8094/8093