Chinese acrobatics is ancient tradition dating back to the Xia Dynasty, more than 4,000 years ago, begun during what is known as the “Warring States Period” (475-221 BC). It initially evoked the working lives of the Chinese people, with instruments of labor like tridents and wicker rings and such day-to-day household items as tables, chairs, jars, plates and bowls, used as props in performances.
A relatively unorganized form of entertainment at the outset, it has evolved into a form of performance recognizable to all. During the Han Dynasty (221-220 AD), the relatively rudimentary acrobatics acts, dubbed the “Hundred Plays,” developed; musical accompaniment was added to the performances as royalty’s interest in the art form mounted.
By the time of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), the number of acrobats increased, as the individual performers’ skills became more finely honed and precise. Chinese acrobatics have played an important role in the cultural exchange between China and the West.
Impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Tickets are $32-$36 in advance and are available at www.telluridepalm.com or by calling 369-5669. Tickets at the door are $35/students, $40/adults.