The New Shanghai Circus

January 15-16, 2018

Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents the 2018 Maui engagement of a family favorite: the New Shanghai Circus, onstage at the Maui Arts & Cultural Centerʻs Castle Theater on Monday and Tuesday, January 15-16. Showtimes are 4:00 and 7:30 p.m. on Jan 15 and 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Jan 16. Tickets are on sale for the Maui shows, available at the MACC Box Office, by phone at 808-242-SHOW (7469) or at

The New Shanghai Circus features fearless performers with boundless energy and amazing skills who bring new interpretations to traditional Chinese circus arts - some acts with thousands of years in the making. The acrobats, jugglers, knife-throwers, contortionists and other skilled performers of the Shanghai Circus dedicate their life to the achievement of perfection as they defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats of balance and skill. These acts are staged with traditional Chinese props and themes, but in the spirit of the "new circus," all of this is accomplished with 21st century flair: nouvelle costumes, dramatic lighting and magical stagecraft.

The daring and rigorously-trained performers of the Shanghai Circus follow a 2,500-year old tradition of circus arts in China, developed from ancient rural village harvest celebrations. In the autumn, both peasants and craftsmen would join in the village square for a celebration of bountiful harvest. Common people would show off their skills by performing fun and exciting feats of derring-do, using household tools and common items found around the farm and workshop. Climbing to the top of a tall stack of chairs, spinning plates on the end of a long bamboo stick, balancing small wooden benches on their head, juggling huge pottery jars, flipping bowls with their feet, climbing tall poles and long leather straps...these and most other traditional Chinese acrobatic acts were derived from the lifelong skills of the village peasants, river sailors and local craftsmen. As skills developed, the traditions passed from generation to generation to become the feats of strength, balance and grace that define the unique circus traditions of China.

Tickets are $12, $25, $35 and half price for children 3-12 years of age ($25 and $35 seats only).

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