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International Tour of Cirque Chinois - December 12

Mattie Kelly Arts Center


11/14/2012 - Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People's Republic of China will perform their new international sensation "Cirque Chinois" at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville on December 12 at 7:30 p.m. as a part of their inaugural coast to coast tour of the United States and Canada.

The National Circus has toured 80 countries around the world and is renowned for their unique acts, award-winning talent, and innovative "non-animal circus" concept which influenced the pioneers of "Cirque du Soleil" in the 1980's. The show features incredible performances of masterful contortion, graceful aerial acts with silks and rings, powerful Chinese martial arts, the Golden Award-winning "Great Teeterboard" act, magic acts including one featuring Chinese opera masks, and much more. The "Cirque Chinois" program also features an opening ceremony displaying the traditional Chinese culture and ancient artistic legacy of the performers. The National Circus was founded in 1953 making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China.

Tickets for the December 12 production of "Cirque Chinois" are on sale now for $35 each or $30 each for groups of 10 or more tickets purchased together. For tickets, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box at (850) 729-6000 or 1-888-838-ARTS (2787) Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm or purchase online at Tickets will also be available the night of the show, space permitting, starting at 6:00 p.m. At-the-door seating is the same price as advance tickets. There is a $2 per ticket Box Office processing fee.

The acts presented by the National Circus are all unique and include feats to amaze including: Aerial Silk -A perfect combination of dance and circus arts, the aerialists will perform different tricks on the silks raised up and down in sync with the rhythm of music. This act not only displays the performers' courage, but produces images of true beauty. Other aerial acts include the famous Aerial Rings, with the artists presenting fabulous poses in the air, and the Aerial Rope -an aerial act performed by a man and a girl that portrays a couple in love; Chinese Kung Fu - Professional Chinese martial arts athletes perform the Kung Fu feats of knife, sticks and swords; Guanyin's Thousand Hands - In Buddhism, Guanyin is Goddess of Mercy who always saves people from misery. This spellbinding dance was developed from a choreography performed as a part of China Showcase at the closing ceremony of Athens Olympic Games in 2004; The Great Teeterboard -This international high caliber circus act won the golden award at the Eighth China National Acrobatic Competition in 2010 and in 2010, as well as winning the golden award at The Ninth Wuhan International Circus Festival; A Group Contortion of Girls -A graceful contortion in which the performers show the audience the beautiful and elegant images of sculptures with their masterful contorting skills; Grand Bicycle -This traditional Chinese circus act features artists performing on running bikes. Historically this act has replaced the circus' horse act, and is used throughout the world by the leading contemporary non-animal circuses; Diving Through Rings - Dressing in tribe costume, the performers dive through the rings accompanied by the strong rhythm of music. The act shows a scenario of the ancient sacrifice ceremony with the performers beating drums and hunting for animals. It won the Gold Medal at the Third Wuhan International Circus Festival in 1996; Plates Spinning -These performers not only hold the plates atop three foot long, pencil thin poles, but spin them at the same time! The spinning plates look like lotus' leaves against wind or butterflies dancing above the flowers. The act won the Golden Award at Cirque de Demain festival in Paris in 1992; Straw Hats Juggling -The scenes reveal the Kung Fu monks at Shaolin Temple chanting Buddhism and sitting in meditation. The happy training scene of Straw Hats Juggling provides to the audience the sense of the ancient Kung Fu, which is characterized by sitting like a bell and walking like wind. Head Balancing With Bowls -The girls' head balancing with bowls has been one of the most amazing acts with this circus troupe for years. The artists balance bowls on their heads and feet and makes various handstands and rolls; and many more Chinese circus acts.

The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is a performing arts venue located on the Niceville campus of NWF State College at 100 College Boulevard. The center is easily accessible via Interstate 10, U.S. Highway 285 and Highway 85 and the Mid-Bay Bridge, about 20 minutes from Destin and Fort Walton Beach and 15 minutes from Interstate 10. For more information or a season brochure visit