The Golden Dragon Acrobats performed “Cirque Ziva” Friday night in the Hart Auditorium. Nearly 3,000 tickets were sold.
Kate Doughty, a freshman majoring in general studies, said the Plano, Texas-based Golden Dragons’ performance was unbelievable.
The acrobatics performed by the Golden Dragons ranged from human pyramids composed of contortionists to a man who rode a bicycle as nine people balanced on it with him as he drove around the stage.
Tess Maxwell, a freshman studying animal and food science, said the performance was exhilarating.
“I felt like I was there with them,” Maxwell said. “I was scared for them.”
One brightly dressed acrobat showcased her unique skills by balancing six wine glasses, each glass situated on top of a stack of smaller glass cs filled with water. She demonstrated further balancing skill when she held the glasses not only with her hands, but her forehead, nose and feet while contorting her body and bending into different shapes.
Balancing was not the only talent demonstrated by the acrobats.
“I loved the loops that they did,” said Sarah Skriloff, a freshman studying communication. “That was my favorite part because it was so much fun. There were a lot of really intense numbers.”
The loops act involved silver rings of various sizes. The rings were positioned at different heights, and acrobats dove through them, including the rings that were placed several feet off the ground.
Another favorite act among many attendants was the stacking chairs. The act consisted of a tower of chairs stacked seven chairs high on top of a small platform. The performer constructed the tower and balanced on the edge of the chair on top with one hand.
According to the Golden Dragon Acrobats’ website, “The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today.”
The Golden Dragon Acrobats have been touring continuously since 1985.
Cirque Ziva was the first Center Stage Performing Arts event of Winter 2014.
More information about future Center Stage events can be found at www.byui.edu/center-stage.