Valdosta Daily Times

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July 21, 2013

Shanghai Circus returns

Announcing one of three Presenter Series shows

VALDOSTA — Anyone who saw the Presenter Series’ 2009 hosting of the Shanghai Circus already knows that this show is one of non-stop movement. A circus of acrobatics: Tumblers, somersaults, balance, grace.

This New Shanghai Circus promises the same type of show but all new performances. It returns to Valdosta, come Feb. 14, 2014, by popular demand, says Nancy Warren, who has been booking professional acts and nationally touring shows for the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts Presenter Series for more than a decade.

The 2013-14 Presenter Series will feature three shows instead of the usual four, but they are big shows, especially the Nov. 14, 2013, production (which will be announced in The Times next Sunday, July 28), Warren says.

Until Sept. 6, patrons can purchase a season ticket for all three shows for $100, Warren says. Buying each ticket individually, at $45 per show, the early season ticket represents a $35 savings, and a $25 savings from the cost of season tickets after Sept. 6.

As Warren points out, with the Feb. 14 date set for the Shanghai Circus, a season ticket now assures already taking care of the Valentine’s Day date more than six months in advance. A Valentine’s Day Presenter Series show has proven popular in the past.

The New Shanghai Circus is a show for the entire family, a presentation for all ages.

Typically housed in theatres in Branson, Mo., and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the Shanghai Circus also takes its show on the road. Valdosta is one of several stops for the more than two dozen performers who are accustomed to traveling.

The circus performers are from China. Each year, young acrobats travel from China to the U.S. to perform with the Shanghai Circus. In China, they have attended acrobatics school for years. They travel to the U.S., perform then return to China. A new group of acrobats arrive the next year.

“Fearless performers with boundless energy bring you more than 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions,” according to the Presenter Series. “If it’s humanly possible and even if it’s not — Shanghai acrobats, jugglers, and contortionists do it with spectacular flair.”

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