Go Columbia: Golden Acrobats’ ancient traditions

04/06/2014 9:08 PM

04/06/2014 9:09 PM

It’s a tradition that is 25 centuries old, but it is just as breathtaking as ever.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will flip, spin and jump their way onto the stage Monday, April 7, at the Newberry Opera House. The troupe’s 8 p.m. performance is sponsored by The Dufford Institute for Cultural Diversity.

The Golden Dragons feature acrobats, contortionists and jugglers who perform at death-defying heights and dizzying speeds. In addition to their gasp-inducing stunts, the performance features Chinese folk dance, ancient and contemporary Chinese music and colorful traditional costumes.

The Golden Dragons Acrobats are based in Texas.

The Dufford Center for Cultural Diversity was established at the Newberry Opera House in 2010 for the purpose of bringing programs to the Opera House that celebrate diversity and foster an understanding for different cultures and ethnicities. The center sponsors several lectures and performances each year, including the recent Celtic Nights and Krasnoyarsk Dance Company of Siberia performances, and the upcoming S.C. Storytellers Network Tellabration on May 1.

Tickets for The Golden Dragon Acrobats performance are $30 and available at newberryoperahouse.com or by calling (803) 276-6264

Bridget Winston, Special to The State

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