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April 5, 1992 | Special to The Inquirer / LAURENCE KESTERSON
The Peking Acrobats from Chengdu, China, took the stage at Conestoga High School. Twenty-three acrobats age 18 through 42 performed for about 650 people March 20. The displays of precision included balancing acts, a dance with flags and banners, juggling, gymnastics and a whip-cracking spectacle.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2011 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The marriage of balletic acrobats and symphonic music seems so natural. So why is it only now happening on a regular basis? This week, the Russian National Orchestra visits the Mann Center for three concerts, one of which comes with some semblance of a circus - probably a first in these parts. "I wish we could say that we're geniuses," says Bill Allen, producer of Thursday's appearance by Cirque de la Symphonie. He spent several years backing into the idea of bringing acrobats, jugglers, and trapeze artists into concert halls - and now has a calendar of 60 engagements a season.
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September 21, 1986 | Inquirer Photographs by Akira Suwa
The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe, 10 members strong from the People's Republic of China, has brought its balancing, juggling and contortionist acts to Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J. Many of the acts, which have been refined over centuries, date back 2,000 years to the Han Dynasty. The troupe performed last weekend and will perform this weekend and next.
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October 2, 2001 | By Karen Heller INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This is what Nick, two weeks shy of 8, says before Cirque du Soleil's Dralion: "I don't want to go to no stinking circus without animals. " This is what Nick says afterward: "That was cool. " Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil, the international acrobatic extravaganza marking its first visit to Philadelphia through Oct. 28, is the third circus for Nick and his 5-year-old sister, Cecilia. It is also the most successful outing yet, winner of the coveted family Big Top Award. New York's Big Apple Circus appeared to be fun, busy - performed at warp speed with the divine clown Bello.
NEWS
December 19, 1988 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
New Vaudeville has found its Boswell. The chronicler of the show-business phenomenon of the '80s is Ron Jenkins, the Main Line kid who became first a clown and then a critic and scholar with a Ph.D. from Harvard. He has also toured as onstage interpreter for playwright/comic Dario Fo. Jenkins is on the faculty of Emerson College in Boston. How many academics do you know with a resume that lists Haverford College, Harvard University and the Ringling Brothers College for Clowns as credentials?
NEWS
September 7, 2000 | By Nedra Lindsey, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The audience members gasped. As silver-and-black-clad men climbed a 20-foot pole balanced vertically on the shoulder of another man, the audience awaited the next trick: a handstand, a spin and a slide down the silver pole. "Wow," one woman repeatedly remarked. The circus had come to town, though not under the usual circumstance. The Vidbel Olde Tyme Circus came to entertain patients at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital yesterday. "This is a great form of entertainment for the people here," said Ed Force, director of recreation, who has organized the event for 12 years.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2002 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cirque du Soleil's Varekai is, by the end of the first act, a tribute to the human body. By the end of the second act, Varekai is positively elating, and here's one sure way to tell: At its first U.S. performance, Philadelphians were on their feet minutes before the show ended. And it wasn't to dash to their cars and beat the crowds. This was Thursday night, and people weren't popping from their chairs for a standing ovation, either; that came later, and induced four curtain calls.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2011 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
One show in this year's Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe lineup will surely have both parents and hipsters jostling for tickets: 7 Fingers' Traces . The Montreal-based company, founded by Cirque du Soleil vets Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider, presents an anti-Cirque aesthetic with acrobatics stripped down, maskless, mixed with wall-scaling feats of parkour and a casual vibe that Snider compares to the backstage ambience she saw while growing...
NEWS
August 2, 1990 | Special to The Inquirer / JOHN SLAVIN
The Forbidden City Acrobats of China brought their gravity-defying show to Glenside last weekend. The troupe of 15 agile acrobats, jugglers, martial-arts experts, contortionists and magicians from Beijing deftly performed at the Keswick Theater on Saturday as part of its first American tour. Such performances of precise skill and concentration have a long and colorful tradition in China. Acrobats began performing in the imperial courts of the country more than 2,000 years ago.
NEWS
June 4, 1988 | By E. W. Faircloth, Daily News Staff Photos
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is in town, and that means lions and tigers and bears and dragons. The latter species is courtesy of the Chinatown Cultural Center, which welcomed the circus acrobats, who are from Tianjin, China - Philadelphia's sister city. The center loaned its fabled Dancing Golden Dragon to the acrobats for a wild dance through Chinatown yesterday. The circus is at the Spectrum through June 12.
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June 14, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
BEEN THINKING about treating your kids to Cirque du Soleil? To this seasoned Cirque-goer, the new adventure dubbed "Totem" is the most family-friendly of the tent spectacles brought here by the performance-art-minded, French-Canadian nouveau-circus stagers. For starters, the mostly mimed (or exotically mumbled/sung) themes are less obtuse and pretentious, more earthbound and accessible - be it the comic portrayal of the evolution of monkey to man, or the celebration of Native American music and dance.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2013 | By Rick Bentley, THE FRESNO BEE
This week's new DVD releases take you to worlds of fantasy, filmmaking, and furry heroes. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, Grade B : A young woman is pulled into a magical world of acrobats and artists. The film uses a rather standard boy-meets-girl plot to take the audience on a fanciful journey to a land of acrobats and artists who look at gravity as more of a suggestion than a law. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away should be appreciated like an abstract painting. It's beautiful to look at, but it isn't fully appreciated until you add in your own ideas about what all of the images are trying to say. There are positive and negatives of bringing the stage performance to DVD. It opens up the stage show to an audience who may have never had the opportunity, or the finances, to see one of the live shows.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2012
THE PEKING Acrobats, China's largest acrobatic troupe, celebrate an ancient art form that pushes humans to their physical limits. They come to the Keswick Theatre to perform their astounding contortions and gravity-defying stunts. The folk art of acrobatics is rooted in thousands of years of Chinese history and was first popularized during the Ch'in Dynasty in the second century B.C. Today, its practitioners are highly respected in their communities. To master the form, acrobats start training at a very young age, continuing through college, where students can earn a degree in acrobatics.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2011
Play. When dance legend Pina Bausch suggested that Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Shantala Shivalingappa work together, she uncapped a fount of joy for the artists and their audiences. These two virtuosos - he in the kind of contemporary dance that fluidly traverses the space between air and floor, and she a stellar exemplar of Indian Kuchipudi dance - delightedly push each other and their musician counterparts into passages of extreme beauty, speed, and refinement. Unfolding on a set of mobile platforms with a grid of moving panels for a backdrop, Play is a digest of game structures and cultural exchanges.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2011 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
One show in this year's Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe lineup will surely have both parents and hipsters jostling for tickets: 7 Fingers' Traces . The Montreal-based company, founded by Cirque du Soleil vets Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider, presents an anti-Cirque aesthetic with acrobatics stripped down, maskless, mixed with wall-scaling feats of parkour and a casual vibe that Snider compares to the backstage ambience she saw while growing...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2011 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The marriage of balletic acrobats and symphonic music seems so natural. So why is it only now happening on a regular basis? This week, the Russian National Orchestra visits the Mann Center for three concerts, one of which comes with some semblance of a circus - probably a first in these parts. "I wish we could say that we're geniuses," says Bill Allen, producer of Thursday's appearance by Cirque de la Symphonie. He spent several years backing into the idea of bringing acrobats, jugglers, and trapeze artists into concert halls - and now has a calendar of 60 engagements a season.
NEWS
June 17, 2011 | By HANNAH EHLENFELDT, ehlenfh@phillynews.com 609-668-9929
As she cartwheeled across the floor, slid into splits and balanced effortlessly on her hands, Lisa Appel amazed the children of Bayard Taylor Elementary School. And she did it all while reading a book. "It's not just entertainment, it's educational entertainment," said Appel, 36, the founder of Smart Fitness, which combines her acrobatic training with her background as a former Philly schoolteacher to encourage youngsters to hit the books. That means her program involves lots of audience participation.
NEWS
May 2, 2011 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
Kimmel Center security moved in Saturday night to remove a strangely clothed man wielding an empty wine bottle in the center's lobby. Until officers realized he was acting. He was, in fact, Gilles Rhode, one of the founders of La Compagnie Transe Express (see video at www.philly.com/troupe ), the troupe that pivoted, gyrated, and struck bells and drums high over the intersection of Broad and Spruce Streets as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.
SPORTS
October 26, 2010 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Pennsauken soccer goalie DaQuan DeSesso is among the most acrobatic goalies around, which comes from his background as a gymnastics performer and teacher. Maybe his most impressive feat was stumbling into the position, one that he hasn't played for long. DeSesso more than held his own against one of South Jersey's top keepers as Pennsauken beat visiting Bishop Eustace, 3-1 on Monday in an interdivisional Olympic Conference game. Eustace keeper Tyler Miller, a Northwestern recruit, was an Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey performer as a junior.
LIVING
May 15, 2009 | By Virginia A. Smith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote about the hummingbird: "Flying spark of water. Incandescent drop of American fire. Lighted summary of jungle, precise celestial rainbow . . . " His words perfectly capture the evanescent habit of these tiny creatures, among the most exquisite and beloved in the garden. Now, hummingbird lovers in the Philadelphia area are enjoying the springtime return of the native ruby-throats, the only hummingbird species out of 339 that breeds east of the Mississippi River.
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