Acrobats Get High

Long before incredibly successful Cirque du Soleil pitched a tent in its native Canada in the ’80s, China’s Golden Dragon Acrobats toured this country with their own troupe of contortionist characters in 1967. The group performed all manner of gravity defying feats: fitting ten acrobats on a single bike, doing one-arm handstands atop six stacked chairs, and even spinning umbrellas — with their feet. If Cirque screams Vegas, then Golden Dragon Acrobats is more like Monaco. Sometimes, they perform on stages so tiny, the acts have to be adjusted to fit. On Friday, they’ll measure South Dade High School’s auditorium to make sure whoever is on top of the human pyramid doesn’t smack his or her head on the ceiling during the 7:30 p.m. performance. The family-run company bills itself as a simple, family-oriented acrobatic act that introduces viewers to both Eastern culture and anxiety-inducing balancing acts.
Fri., Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m., 2011
 
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