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New Shanghai Circus

, New York City | Entertainment

The ancient wonders of Chinese culture are ready to explode on a Flushing stage, and the price is right. The New Shanghai Circus will perform at the Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 20, at 3 pm. Tickets cost $25 for adults ($14 for children ages 12 and under), but attendees can get $5 discounts by purchasing online with the code word “AMAZE.” Colden Auditorium, which seats 2,143, is located on the Queens College campus, and a parking lot is nearby. The New Shanghai Circus combines classic, centuries-old dance choreography with physical performance art, spectacular backdrops, colorful costumes, and powerful music. However, the melody often stops completely during the show so the audience can hear itself yelling “ooh,” “wow,” and “OMG” at the feats. This Sunday, attendees can expect to see a team of at least 40 acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strong men, and tumblers presenting acts such as Aerial Fish Ballet, Bicycle Tricks, Chair Stack, Chinese Yo-Yo, Handstand Art, Pole Climbing, and Roller Skating. A woman might fold herself inside a narrow drum, while another may spin six plates in the air atop sticks. It’s possible that a third will balance a glass of water on her nose before covering it with a glass plate, building a lofty structure and walking across a bridge of light bulbs. Perhaps men will leap through stacked hoops as hip hop music blares, and performers in sparkling suits form human pyramids by turning their bodies into pretzels. The acts are actually related to acrobatic skills that farmers would display during village harvest festivals around 2,500 years ago.

Event Details

    March 20, 2016 - March 20, 2016
    03:00 PM - 04:30 PM