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Flying Chinese! Acrobats soar at Brooklyn Center • Brooklyn Paper

Flying Chinese! Acrobats soar at Brooklyn Center

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will perform at the Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts on Oct. 29th.

The circus is coming to town — but you can forget clowns, bears on unicycles, and bubblegum-colored cotton candy.

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China — a 40-person troupe of jugglers, contortionists, dancers, strongmen and the like — will perform at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’s 2011-2012 season opener on Oct. 29.

“This is the granddaddy of acrobatics,” said Rick Berube, a Center representative. “It’s like getting Cirque du Soleil rather than a bug circus; they’re like the American Ballet Theater of acrobatics troupes.”

In fact, contemporary circus acts like Cirque du Soleil draw inspiration from the Chinese acrobatic tradition, so expect plenty of jaw-dropping body manipulations, contortions, balancing acts and dance routines.

“There is a wow factor in the unbelievable things these artists are able to do with their bodies, and just a couple of props,” Berube continued. “It should be pretty fantastic.”

National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts [2900 Campus Rd. at Hillel Place in Flatbush, (718) 951-4600], Oct. 29, 1 pm, $20. For info, visit www.brooklyncenter.com.

Reach Arts Editor Juliet Linderman at jlinderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8309.

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