Cirque Chinois — from China to Niceville

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China will perform their new international sensation "Cirque Chinois" at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State.

The National Circus has toured 80 countries around the world and is renowned for their unique acts, award-winning talent, and innovative “non-animal circus” concept, which influenced the pioneers of “Cirque du Solel” in the 1980’s.

The show features incredible performances of masterful contortion, graceful aerial acts with silks and rings, powerful Chinese martial arts, the Golden Award-winning “Great Teeterboard” act, magic acts including one featuring Chinese opera masks, and much more. The “Cirque Chinois” program also features an opening ceremony displaying the traditional Chinese culture and ancient artistic legacy of the performers. The National Circus was founded in 1953 making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China.

Tickets are $35 each or $30 each for groups of 10 or more tickets purchased together. For tickets, contact the Mattie Kelly Arts Center Box at 850-729-6000 or 1-888-838-ARTS (2787) or visit Tickets will also be available the night of the show, space permitting, starting at 6 p.m. At-the-door seating is the same price as advance tickets. There is a $2 per ticket Box Office processing fee.