Audiences in the Bradenton-Sarasota area get to see more world-class acrobats than most people do, thanks to the multitude of circus performers who call this area home.
Still, the Peking Acrobats are worth getting excited about. They're regarded as one of the finest Chinese acrobatic troupes, and they'll be at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center on Sunday.
The troupe is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year -- the year of the Monkey -- with a United States tour. Its performers range in age from early teens to mid-20s and include some China's most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists and gymnasts, plus dazzling special effects, vibrant lights, brightly colored costumes and live musicians who play traditional Chinese instruments and melodies.
Although the Peking Acrobats' performances are rooted in tradition, the company is also known for innovation, finding ways to add new, exciting acts and innovative twists to favorite Chinese acrobatic acts and styles. They're even known to incorporate some snippets of Western music, including Beatles songs.
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Details: 7 p.m. March 20, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets: $15-$45. Information: 941-953-3368, vanwezel.org.
-- Marty Clear