Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Journey of A Dream- Shanghai Nights 
Shanghai Acrobats of the People's Republic of China

            As the curtains slowly part and the mist settles a figure emerges, one that is hard to make out at first. Then as the lights rise your eyes focus upon the gently moving dancer as they unfold like a delicate lotus flower blooming in morning’s first light.
             As you watch them begin to move you realize there are not one, but two figures on stage and together they form one beautiful creature. They are intertwined with limbs and swags of rich embroidered satin fabric as though they are meant to move in sync.  They slowly untangle from each other as they dance into the sky upon silk bunting. The first dancer is lifted into the air rising higher and higher above the second dancer. There her headdress and her golden satin gown drape her body as if she were a floating doll.
            Beneath the floating Goddess the male form lies seeming to guide her as she glides along the silk bunting. He orchestrates her ascent with nothing but his legs as if he were her puppet master from below. It’s a dance between them though they do not touch at first; their energy is felt through the silk, which connects them.  The energy is high and the intensity is strong, though the dance is graceful and the music of the Erhu plays subtly in the background. You can’t take your eyes off of the pair as they spin, and twist, and sway.  Then suddenly they are both floating effortlessly above the stage, still dancing as one magical being.
            Strength & grace propel this duo through the air as if time has stopped and they have floated into a dream. The couple dances a duet of love and passion 15 feet above the stage preforming acts of acrobatics unbelievable to the human eye. The couple shares the stage with dozens of other acrobats & dancers who perform daring feats of acrobatics on poles, unicycles, stilts, trampolines, and more! Let them mesmerize you and lead you through the dream they call Shanghai Nights!

            Don’t miss this amazing show by the Shanghai Acrobats of the Peoples Republic of China Thursday September 8th at 7:30 pm The Capitol Theatre! All ages are welcome, for tickets go to CapitolTheatre.org


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