An ancient art form mixes with modern theatricality and the result is too astounding to describe. The Peking Acrobats defy logic with trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They defy gravity with displays of contortion, flexibility and control, including daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs. They push the envelope with juggling and balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. And when the perform at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts on February 22, their acts will be accompanied by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments and high-tech special effects.
Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Friday, February 22
7pm – 9pm | $20-$30
According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Year of the Snake begins on February 10, replacing the Dragon. For followers of the Chinese zodiac, this can mean steady progress and the need for discipline and extra attention to detail, among other possibilities. On January 23 and 24, the Kupferberg Center for the Arts rings in the new year with an interactive, theatrically vibrant performance by the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. With dazzling costumes, red ribbons and other colorful props, this multiracial, New Jersey-based troupe contextualizes China’s history, geography and culture with such traditional performances as Lion Dance, Peacock Dance and Coin Stick Dance. After each show, school classes can partake in 45-minute workshops.
Some people consider them the original boy band. The Vienna Boys Choir, which traces its roots back to 1498, consists of four divisions that give roughly 300 performances around the world every year. On Saturday, December 15, they’ll fill the seats and air at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium with their Christmas in Vienna concert. Expect an awe-inspiring fusion of extraordinary talent, singular training and master artistic direction.