Balancing Act: Golden Dragons at Centre Sunday

by Bradley Hartsell

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The Golden Dragon Acrobats show off their incredible balance and skill during one of their performances.

On Sunday, highly-acclaimed acrobatics troupe the Golden Dragon Acrobats returns to Newnan at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. The Dragons coming to Newnan has become somewhat of a tradition, with the troupe having performed at the Centre two times already. The Dragons regard their art as a time-honored tradition, with Chinese acrobatics dating back more than 25 centuries.

The troupe has been to more than 65 countries on five different continents, as well as all 50 states. The performance has earned the Dragons a distinction as the premier Chinese acrobatic touring company in the world.

The two-hour show is filled with flashy choreography and dangerous stunts. They're well-known for stacking chairs from stage floor to near the ceiling, with a performer perched above the mountain of chairs touching his foot to the ceiling.

Centre director Don Nixon said, 'Many of the acts are traditional to an acrobatic show, but to experience it live will keep you on the edge of your seat.'

'It's amazing the discipline and commitment the performers have invested to accomplish the skills and feats of this show,' he added.

Nixon says that, for audiences, the thrill of seeing the Dragons is the sheer spectacle of it and the fear that something always could go wrong. With two hours worth of physical and athletic marvel being used for daring stunts, such fear is only natural, he said. Some fears are innocuous, like, 'Will she drop all the glasses of water she's trying to balance?' while others concern death-defying feats like the man who climbs chairs to the ceiling.

While the Coweta County School System's Centre has built a reputation for bringing premier acts, from acrobats to glee clubs to impressionists, the Golden Dragon Acrobats figure to be one of the most impressive shows of the year.

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students.

The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts is located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan and can be reached for more information at 770-2542787 or at www.thecentreonline. net .



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