When the circus comes to town, and it’s nothing like you remember . . .
Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului presents the return of a Maui favorite in an all new show: The New Shanghai Circus, onstage in Castle Theater Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
This dazzling display features fearless performers with boundless energy and amazing skills who bring new interpretations to traditional Chinese entertainment — some acts claiming thousands of years in the making.
The acrobats, jugglers, knife-throwers, contortionists and other performers dedicate their lives 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 including new and contemporary costumes, dramatic lighting and magical stagecraft.
The daring and rigorously trained performers follow a 2,500-year old tradition of circus arts in China, developed from ancient rural village harvest celebrations.
IF YOU GO: The 2019 New Shanghai Circus performs at 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Monday. All shows take place in Castle Theater at the MACC. Food and beverage are available two hours prior to each show. Tickets are $12, $25, $35 and $55 for Gold Circle. Children ages 3 through 12 are half price when purchasing $25, $35 or $55 seats. For tickets and more information, visit the box office, call 242-7469 or go online at www.mauiarts.org.