CirqueChinoisThe Performing Arts Society of Acadiana’s super-awesome 2012-2013 season gets downright magical on Friday, Dec. 14 with a performance by Cirque Chinois. That’s the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China, one of the longest-running and most respected circus troupes in China.

Many of the amazing stunts we’ve come to associate with Chinese circus performances were brought to the world by Cirque Chinois: Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, Straw Hats Juggling, Girls’ Balance With Bowls. These aren’t just amazing acrobats, jugglers and contortionists — these are artists of the first caliber. The company was a trailblazer in the “cirque” movement, abandoning the traditional animal circus concept in the 1980s in favor of visually captivating and physically challenging acts by performance artists, opening the door to Cirque du Soleil and the many facsimiles that have followed.

Cirque Chinois will fill the Heymann Performing Arts Center stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday Dec. 14. Tickets are available through the Heymann box office and through PASA at

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