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Chinese Circus and the Art of Kung Fu comes to Fairfax and Prince William this fall

George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax and the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Prince William bring Chinese troupes to Northern Virginia this fall.

Audiences in Northern Virginia will have the opportunity to travel to the Far East without a passport or plane ticket when two acclaimed troupes bring ancient and celebrated Chinese art forms - Chinese circus and Kung Fu - to Fairfax and Prince William in the next few weeks.  

The first records of the Chinese circus date back more than 2,000 years ago to the Qin Dynasty, but it is believed that this spellbinding art form was created more than a millennium earlier. Though the origins are debatable, the ancient Chinese knew the circus as the “show of a hundred tricks.” 

Direct from Beijing, The National Circus of the People's Republic of China, will perform "Cirque Chinois," featuring many of these astounding feats - including Grand Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, balancing acts, juggling and more - when this brilliant troupe brings its inaugural North American tour to George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax and the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason's Prince William Campus for four performances this weekend, Oct. 19-21. 

Next up, the Shaolin Warriors bring their spectacular new production, "Voices of the Masters," to George Mason University's Center for the Arts and the Hylton Performing Arts Center on the weekend of Nov. 9-11. 

Performed by devoted disciples of the Shaolin schools in China, these monks are recognized across the globe for their fierce martial arts prowess and tremendous self-discipline. From an early age, Shaolin monks undergo rigorous training in meditation, relaxation techniques and physical exercise to focus their minds and bodies. “Voices of the Masters” showcases the diversity of this unique art form, and provides a rare glimpse into the daily lives of these Kung Fu masters and their Zen philosophy. 

To purchase tickets for these performances, please visit cfa.gmu.edu or HyltonCenter.org or call 888-945-2468, or visit the box offices for each venue. Both performances are Family Friendly: tickets for youth through grade 12 are half price when accompanied by an adult. There will be a pre-performance discussion 45 minutes prior to each performance. 

 

"Cirque Chinois": Direct from Beijing, The National Circus of the People's Republic of China

At George Mason University's Center for the Arts, Fairfax:

Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Box Office Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and during the performance. 

Parking: Free parking in Lot K and paid parking in Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent to the Concert Hall. 

At Hylton Performing Arts Center, Prince William:

Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Box Office Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and during the performance. 

Parking: Free parking onsite.

 

Shaolin Warriors: "Voices of the Masters"

At Hylton Performing Arts Center, Prince William:

Friday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.

Box Office Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and during the performance. 

Parking: Free parking onsite.

At George Mason University's Center for the Arts, Fairfax:

Saturday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.

Box Office Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and during the performance. 

Parking: Free parking in Lot K and paid parking in Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent to the Concert Hall. 


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