[ATTENDED: February 28, 2014] The Peking Acrobats
This was our third time seeing the Peking Acrobats. Actually I stand corrected, last year we saw the “Golden Dragon Acrobats” who I believe are not the same as the Peking Acrobats. Typically we see them at RVCC but this year we mixed it up and went to Princeton’s McCarter Theater instead. The location didn’t make much of a difference, although the stage may have been a little bigger.
There weren’t a ton of differences between this show and previous Chinese Acrobat shows. But it’s always amazing to watch them. Side note: our Cub Scout Troop went to the Big Apple Circus again this year but we opted not to go. Clark was bummed that we weren’t going but when I said we were going to see the Peking Acrobats instead, he perked right up. Turns out he wanted to hang out with his friends more than see the Circus. I do enjoy the Big Apple Circus, but it seemed a lot more expensive this year (and our seats last year were really lousy anyhow).
This year’s show opened with drums, something that I had never really seen with the Acrobats. There were four women playing on large drums–they played a cool rhythm and did some interesting arms movements. It was a good start to the show. However, drums seems to be the theme this year and I felt like there were a few too many drumming interludes (four in total I believe). Drums are neat, but honestly you can only listen to a drum solo for so long.
I’m quoting from my review from 2012 because it was pretty much exactly the same:
As the show opened, there were ropes hanging from the ceiling (not secured to the ground). And then several men came out and climbed the ropes. Which would be no big deal, except that they climbed them like monkeys do–or more literally as if they were walking up the rope while holding on to the rope like a grappling hook line. From there they proceeded to leap back and forth between the ropes.
These ropes were actually attached to the ground, I think–they seemed stiffer, which allowed for slightly different activities–it’s always fun to watch them hang upside down and somehow scoot their way yup the rope. The biggest surprise to us was that at least two of them men appeared to be no more than 10 or 11 years old. No idea if that is true, but, wow, they looked young. There were certainly some older acrobats too, but wow, their youth was shocking.