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Saturday, February 25, 2012


Amazing acrobats: Fairbanks Concert Association brings the New Shanghai Circus to town

The New Shanghai Circus is considered China’s most celebrated acrobatic company. The group celebrates the exotic wonders of China while showcasing dramatic interpretations of ancient dances. Photo courtesy of Fairbanks Concert Association

by Julie Stricker / jstricker@newsminer.com

Fairbanks Daily News Miner
Feb 24, 2012

FAIRBANKS - There are few things more cherished in a child’s life than a trip to the circus.

The Fairbanks Concert Association is bringing that dream to life for hundreds of children in Interior Alaska on Sunday with the New Shanghai Circus.

The New Shanghai Circus is an extravaganza of 23 gravity-defying acrobats, jugglers and contortionists whose skills have won rave reviews and sold out shows across the country.

Performers, whose routines are grounded in 2,000-year-old old Chinese harvest festivals, perform amazing feats of strength, agility, timing and balance.

Acts include a Chinese yo-yo performance, bicycle tricks, stacked chairs, spinning plates, spinning humans and humans contorting themselves in impossible positions.

“It’s kind of an amazing show,” said Anne Biberman, FCA executive director. It’s tailor-made for families, which is deliberate on the part of the Fairbanks Concert Association, Biberman said. “We have at least one program every year that we charge about half what an average concert costs so that families can afford to go to it together,” she said. “We think that’s a good thing and we’re committed to that.”

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