Tim Danube
associate director of the Nebraskan Student Union, 308.865.8523

The award-winning Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats will take the stage and air during their performance at the University of Nebraska at Kearney on Thursday, March 31.

The performance is described as having “traditional dance, spectacular costumes, theatrical techniques, and ancient and contemporary music.”The audience can count on seeing contortionists, a wobbly tower of chairs and jugglers tossing plates.

“The acrobats have been here before, but this is the first time in four years they’ve been back,” said Tim Danube, Nebraskan Student Union associate director. “We’ve had concerts the last two or three years, and we thought the acrobats would be a good change of pace.”

The “New York Post” describes the acrobats as, “delivering beautifully choreographed routines showcasing their amazing skill and physicality, accompanied by a musical score of traditional Chinese music filtered through a New Age sensibility.”

The Golden Dragon troupe has received numerous awards including: seven-time recipient of the National Association of Campus Activities Entertainer of the Year Award, the Campus Activities Today’s Performer of the Year Award and, most recently, the two most prestigious New York Drama Desk Award nominations for their Broadway performances.

The acrobat troupe is from Hebei, China, and has traveled to all 50 states and around the world to more than 65 countries on five continents. On average, the Golden Dragon Acrobats present more than 200 performances each year at 100-200 venues across the United States.

“The students booked the event, because it is spectacular,” Danube said. “This group travels around the world and is highly acclaimed. If one were to go see this group in New York on Broadway, they would pay upwards of $50 a ticket.”

The performance, which is sponsored by Loper Programming and Activities Council (LPAC), will begin at 7 p.m. in the UNK Health and Sports Center. The event is free to UNK students, $4 for general admission, and children ages 10 and under are free. Tickets are available at the Nebraskan Student Union and Hastings Books Music and Videos.