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Peking Acrobats tumble onstage for University Arts' Encore Series

Date of Release: 03/24/2005

Peking Acrobats performing a stunt.SAN MARCOS —The acclaimed Peking Acrobats return to Texas State University-San Marcos for a pair of daring shows April 2 as part of the 2004-05 University Arts Encore Series.

Admission to the performances in Evans Auditorium, with shows at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., is $10 for the general public and $5 for students, with parking available in the Pleasant Street Parking Garage. Advance ticket sales are available from the Texas State Box Office by calling (512) 245-2204. The Peking Acrobats are co-sponsored by Grande Communications and the Student Association for Campus Activities.

The Peking Acrobats are comprised of the finest acrobatic troupes in China today and have received acclaim from countries around the world. An outgrowth of the Great China Circus, popular during the 1920s, this group became an integrated professional acrobatic company in 1958.

The history of Chinese acrobats is rich in tradition and dates back more than 2000 years. It began with folk art such as tumbling, juggling and balancing ordinary household objects. Common games of the people such as “Rang Hitting,” or throwing a small wooden strip the size and shape of a shoe sole at a target, developed accuracy. Modern day whip feats are traced back to this game.

For more information on the Peking Acrobats’ performances, visit the University Arts website at www.finearts.txstate.edu or contact Events Coordinator Liz McDonald at (512) 245-3501.