Peking Acrobats at Coronado Feb. 11

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China’s 26-member troupe offers jugglers, cyclists and contortionists

The Peking Acrobats, a 26-member troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists and gymnasts will bring their 2,000-year-old tradition of acrobatics to the Coronado Theatre on Friday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. The Peking Acrobats is one of the finest acrobatic troupes in China today and has received acclaim from around the world.

Tickets are $24.5 and $19.50 with a $10 discount for ages 12 and under and may be purchased by calling 815-968-5222, online at or at any Centre Events ticket outlet.

Special effects will be abundant with colorful lighting, a video system with multiple screens, smoke, ground fog and much more. Also, musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments.

Proceeds from the benefit performance, presented by the Friends of the Coronado, will go to theater-related education and outreach activities, primarily for children. Since the restored theater’s grand re-opening in 2001, an estimated 6,000 area school students have experienced live theater in the Coronado thanks to the Friends’ “Reach for the Stars” education program.

The Peking Acrobats, formed in 1958, has its roots in the Great China Circus, popular during the 1920s. Many of the magnificent feats performed today also were performed in ancient times. The history of Chinese acrobats dates back more than 2,000 years. It began with folk art such as tumbling, juggling ordinary household objects, and balancing. Acrobatic performers were routinely invited to the courts to entertain and impress visiting dignitaries. The varied acts of tumbling, singing, dancing and juggling became known as “The Hundred Entertainments” in the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Acrobatic arts have always maintained their popularity with the Chinese. Today, acrobats in China are considered artists. Generations of families carry on the tradition. The Peking Acrobats appeared in the film Ocean’s Eleven, and company members also appear in the sequel, Ocean’s Twelve.

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