Golden Dragon Acrobats
Part of the APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. Their stellar reputation is rooted in a commitment to the highest production value and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form. World renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.
Run time approximately 60 minutes
The Golden Dragon Acrobats hail from Cangzhou, Hebei province, in the People’s Republic of China and have toured the United States continuously since 1978. Its members are athletes, actors and artists who have studied and trained for their craft since early childhood. The group averages 200 performances each year and has toured through all 50 states and in over 65 countries across the world. In 2005, their Broadway debut and seven-week run at the New Victory Theater earned two prestigious New York Drama Desk Awards nominations (for Best Choreography and Most Unique Theatrical Experience). The troupe returned to the Broadway venue for the holiday 2014 season, making them the ONLY acrobatic troupe from China chosen to perform twice at this prestigious venue!
The group’s founder, producer and artistic director, Danny Chang, is one of the world’s leading promoters of Chinese acrobatics. He began his training at the age of eight with his family’s acrobatic school in Taipei, and joined its touring wing, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, at age ten. He is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Medal for International Faith and Goodwill by the Republic of China’s Coordination Council for North American Affairs. In 1998, Chang restructured the Golden Dragon Acrobats to form Asian Artists Productions, Inc. (AAPI). While the new company continued to produce and tour the Golden Dragon Acrobats, AAIP expanded to create theatrically elaborate shows like Circo Magnifico, Dream, Pagoda, Cirque D’or and others, each for a specific US market. In particular, Cirque Zíva (which premiered for ten straight weeks at Asbury Park Boardwalk’s Paramount Theatre), went on to tour across North America with a four-month premiere in 2013, and consecutive encore tours in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The troupe’s reputation remains solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form… award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques… to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.
- Study guide: Golden Dragon Acrobats (PDF 1.52M)