(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Oct. 5, 2012) - - - The Golden Dragon Acrobats of China join Columbia State Community College’s First Farmers Performance Series for a one-night performance Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Cherry Theater. It will be night of exciting acrobatics and high flying fun.
The time honored tradition of Chinese costumes and spectacular acrobatics dating back 25 centuries. Today, performers bend like rubber and juggle strange objects with their hands and feet, and they balance on towers of chairs. Nationally recognized as a breathtaking show for fans of all ages, this show will prove to be a must-attend adventure.
“The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago,” said Dr. Janet Smith, Columbia State’s president. “The Golden Dragon Acrobats are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. We believe they will appeal to audiences of all ages and hope families will mark their calendars to attend.”
The troupe’s history has spanned several generations. Lien Chi Chang, who began his acrobatic career at age seven, was performing as a young man in Wu Qiao, China, with his family’s troupe when they travelled to Taiwan in 1949. In 1967, Chang officially established the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats. When Chang was named head coach at the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts in 1984, his son, Danny, inherited the Golden Dragons, moving the company to the United States the following year.
Tickets for The Golden Dragon Acrobats and the entire 2012-2013 First Farmer’s Performance Series are on sale through the ticket office of Columbia State. The office is in Room 108 of the Pryor Administration building and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (931) 540-2879. Individual tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. A full listing of the First Farmer’s Series events is at www.ColumbiaState.edu/performance-series.
All performances are presented in the Cherry Theater, located in the Waymon L. Hickman building on the Columbia campus located at 1665 Hampshire Pike. All shows begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening an hour prior to the performance.
Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.