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Cirque Zíva

"This unique cirque spectacular showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form." ~Broadway World

Danny Chang and his Golden Dragon Acrobats continue their relentless, 30+ year US touring schedule of centuries-old Chinese art form. Since 1985, they remain the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States, and present over 200 performances annually. In 2005, their Broadway debut and seven-week run at the New Victory Theater earned two prestigious New York Drama Desk Awards nominations (Angela Chang for Best Choreography and Danny Chang for Most Unique Theatrical Experience).

Answering the new market demand from US presenters, producer Danny Chang restructured the Golden Dragon Acrobats in 1998 to form Asian Artists Productions, Inc. or AAPI. While the new company continued to produce and tour the Golden Dragon Acrobats, AAIP expanded to create theatrically elaborate, resident-shows like Circo Magnifico, Dream, Pagoda, Cirque D’or and others, each for a specific US market.

"Cirque Zíva" is newest touring group from AAIP. The large cast and spectacular set designs illustrate the best of Chang's brand of artistic merit, high production value, and solid commitment to cultural exchange. Of special note is Cirque Zíva Lighting Director Tony Tucci, the recipient of two B. Iden Payne Awards and Critics Table awards for lighting, with credits including the video “Baryshnikov, Dancer and The Dance” and 1996 Summer Olympics Cultural Olympiad showcase. Zíva was created in 2011 for a 10-week engagement at Asbury Park Boardwalk’s Paramount Theatre, the first-ever summer run held at the venue in its more than 80-year history. An instant success in Asbury Park, earning critical acclaim and packed houses, the show burst onto the US performing arts circuit with a 55-city, 20-week premiere tour in 2013, and encore tour winter/spring 2014.

The troupe has completed a five-week New York City run at Broadway's New Victory Theater from Dec. 1, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015! This makes the ONLY acrobatic troupe from China chosen to perform twice at this prestigious venue!

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Headline: Standard all-ages performance features company of 20 to 25 presenting two-hours of traditional Chinese acrobatics, dance, and costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and modern theatrical techniques. Danny Chang/Artistic Director. Tony Tucci/Lighting Director.
Community and youth outreach encouraged.
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“In addition to all the pretzels served on the beach at Asbury Park, a theatergoer can run into quite a few inside the nearby Paramount Theater. Human pretzels, that is, courtesy of Cirque Zíva!”
~The Star Ledger (New Jersey)
“There is a precision and beauty about everything these performers do.” ~The Washington Post
“Powerful music, simple themes, and explosive choreography that transcends culture—an absolute joy in exploring the full potential of the human body.”
“The Cat in the Hat, with his cake on a rake, has nothing on the Golden Dragon Acrobats.” ~Newsday
11-Dec-2014 (MANHATTAN/PIX11) — "The Drama Desk-nominated Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of Chinese circus in a stunning spectacle of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty." Watch
PERFORMANCE REVIEW: NEW VICTORY THEATER, New York, New York, 12/1/2014 to 1/4/2015:
8-Dec-2014 (New York Times) — "Things Not to Try at Home (Not That You Ever Could). The Golden Dragon Acrobats from China do the impossible (or at least the improbable) in "Cirque Zíva" at the New Victory Theater." Read full review
26-Feb-2014 — Currently on its 2014 Encore tour of North America, Cirque Ziva has announced a five-week New York City run at Broadway's New Victory Theater from Dec. 1, 2014 to Jan. 4, 2015! This makes the ONLY acrobatic troupe from China to be chosen twice for this prestigious venue! SRO agents are now booking the "Direct from Broadway" package for the troupe's 4th Annual North American Tour (routing west to east January to April 2016). Select avails also remain for their Winter/Spring 2015 Tour. Make an Offer
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