The Peking Acrobats

It’s time to step up our game, America. China is making us look like chumps. If the opening night of the Beijing Olympics wasn’t enough of an indicator, the Peking Acrobats prove that America’s Got Talent is an oxymoron. This traveling troupe of contortionists, jugglers, and gravity defiers is the largest of its kind, comprised of the best students from the best gymnastic schools in China. (And to clarify: China has a lot of students and a lot of gymnastic schools.) They’re returning to Seattle for a show that combines traditional Chinese music with some seriously impressive stunts. Like piling themselves ten deep onto a moving bicycle; balancing atop a stack of precisely placed chairs; or launching themselves through hoops with so much speed and agility, I’m calling for a doping investigation. If you feel like you’ve seen them before, you probably have. They’ve made television appearances over the decades from That’s Incredible to Wide World of Sports. One alumnus, Shaobo Qin, has starred alongside George Clooney in the Ocean’s 11 series. (Remember the little guy in the trash can?) It’s pretty much a guaranteed amazing show, with jaw-dropping displays of how far the human body can be pushed. Don’t let your wounded American pride stop you from checking it out. SUZIE RUGH

Sat., Jan. 10, 2 & 8 p.m., 2009

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