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Golden Dragon Acrobats Cirque Ziva

Saturday, Jan. 11

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Imagine soaring through the air, your body rotating 720 degrees, the spin stopping just in time for you to catch another person in flight by their ankles. Now wake up from your daydream and sit up in your easy chair. Acrobats are a rare breed; some Americans hesitate to exercise at all, let alone fly through the air like a human firework. Speaking of fireworks and acrobatics, they share China as a country of origin. And speaking of fireworks, acrobatics and China, the Golden Dragon Acrobats are bringing their Cirque Ziva show to Boise. Since their establishment in 1967 by Lien Chi Chang, the Golden Dragons have been entertaining audiences the world over with their astounding displays of the ancient aerial art. Cirque Ziva is the latest show from Danny Chang, current artistic director of the touring company and son of Lien Chi. Since the debut of Cirque Ziva at New Jersey's Paramount Theatre, the show has been incredibly successful, in no small part due to the work of renowned stage lighting expert Tony Tucci. The Golden Dragon Acrobats are the only Chinese acrobatic troupe to tour year-round in the United States, and the group has been nominated for multiple New York Drama Desk Awards.