TheTimesTribune.com, Corbin, KY

January 28, 2013

Peking Acrobats to perform Feb. 9 in Somerset


The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — The Peking Acrobats, on tour across the United States, are pulling out all the stops to create a thrilling entertainment experience for the entire family at the next Center Stage performance on Saturday, Feb. 9, at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

Set to begin at 7:30 p.m., this elite group of acrobats will vault, juggle, and climb—defying gravity at every turn all while performing before live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments.

The performance, presented by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center, is the first of three remaining Center Stage shows in the 2012-2013 performing arts season.

“Since their Western debut in 1986, The Peking Acrobats have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics,” said Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts, culture, and events at The Center. “They push the envelope of human possibilities with astonishing feats of athleticism and breathtaking displays of physical artistry.”

Carefully selected from the finest acrobat schools in China, these expert gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists, and tumblers transform 2,000-year-old disciplines into a family-friendly kaleidoscope of entertainment and wonder.

“The Peking Acrobats are unbelievable and a must-see show for people of all ages,” said Winstead. “This rich, ancient folk art tradition is highlighted by today’s technology to present a spellbinding performance audiences will not soon forget.”

 For tickets, contact The Center’s Box Office at 606-677-6000 or order online at www.centertech.com.

Prior to the Center Stage performance of The Peking Acrobats, Chef Mete Sergin will serve an optional Chinese buffet dinner at a Pre-Show Event from 6-7 p.m. in The Center’s Front Lobby. The cost of the meal is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger.

The Pre-Show Event is sponsored by Clear Channel Lake Cumberland and Chef Mete Sergin.

Other upcoming Center Stage performances include Michael Londra’s Celtic Fire, Thursday, March 28; and Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Saturday, April 13. Both performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at The Center, located at 2292 South U.S. 27 (at Traffic Light 15) in Somerset.