Contact: Sammy McDavid
STARKVILLE, Miss.‚ÄĒOne of China‚Äôs longest running and most distinguished circus troupes will be featured early next month at Mississippi State.
A Dec. 9 performance of ‚ÄúPeking Dreams‚ÄĚ by the National Circus and Acrobats of the People‚Äôs Republic of China is the latest event in the university‚Äôs 2015-16 Lyceum Series.
The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Bettersworth Auditorium of historic Lee Hall.
General admission tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at www.lyceum.msstate.edu/#!order/c1naa or by visiting the Colvard Student Union, Suite 314.
Founded in 1953, the artistic troupe includes numerous winners of international circus awards. The company itself has accumulated more than 20 gold and silver medals, among various other major recognitions.
The National Circus also has received worldwide credit for profound contributions to the world circus society.
During the 1980s, for example, it helped change the traditional concept of the ‚Äúanimal circus‚ÄĚ to a new style of non-animal acts that influenced Canada‚Äôs Cirque du Soleil, now the world‚Äôs largest theatrical producer.
Circus coaches taught their Cirque counterparts acts such as the balancing chairs, bicycle and Chinese poles that culminated in the revolutionary program ‚ÄúCircus Reinvented.‚ÄĚ For more, visit www.cami.com/?webid=2109.
For more on the MSU Lyceum Series, visit www.lyceum.msstate.edu or telephone the Center for Student Activities at 662-325-2930.
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