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Performance Kicks off 2014 UNL Chinese Culture Festival

Breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty will take center stage on Sept. 18 when the Golden Dragon Acrobats perform one night only at Nebraska’s Home for the Arts, the Lied Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 PM. The Golden Dragon Acrobats’ performance also marks the first event of Confucius Institute of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s campus-wide 2014 Chinese Culture Festival taking place Sept. 18– Oct. 6. The Festival celebrates the food, language, art and culture of China. Tickets to see the Golden Dragon Acrobats are available now at LiedCenter.org.

“The Golden Dragon Acrobats are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premier Chinese acrobatic touring company of today,” said Bill Stephan, Executive Director of the Lied Center. “Patrons can expect to see and hear top notch acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, and ancient and contemporary music. The Lied Center is proud to partner with our friends at the Confucius Institute for this amazing display of Chinese artistry and culture.”

The ancient art of Chinese acrobatics began well over 2,000 years ago. Over their long history, acrobatics have developed into one of the most popular art forms among the Chinese people. While many historic records provide evidence of the development of Chinese acrobatics as far back as the Xia Dynasty (4,000 years ago), it is most commonly believed that the art form did not become wildly popular until approximately 2,500 years ago, when it began to capture the attention of the country’s powerful emperors.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest production quality and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form. Throughout the history of the Golden Dragon Acrobats, the company has performed in all 50 states, including repeated performances in all of the lower 48 states. On average, the Golden Dragon Acrobats present over 200 performances each year at 100 to 200 venues across the country. When they’re not performing on stage, the company spends a significant amount of time participating in community and youth outreach programs, educating children and adults about the rich artistic history of acrobatics and their role in Chinese culture.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats’ performance has been scheduled in conjunction with the Confucius Institute of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 2014 Chinese Culture Festival taking place Sept. 18– Oct. 6. For a full list of events, visit http://confuciusinstitute.unl.edu/.

Tickets for the Golden Dragon Acrobats performance on Thursday, September 18th are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Tickets start at just $24 for adults. Tickets to all Lied Center presented events are available to students for 50% off.