SRO Artists Inc. in association with Asian Artists Productions, Inc. (AAPI) and Art Fegan Entertainment, are proud to announce the roster addition of Cirque Zíva!
The newest show from producer Danny Chang (Artistic Director of the Golden Dragon Acrobats), Cirque Zíva was created in 2011 for a 10-week engagement at Asbury Park Boardwalk’s Paramount Theatre, the first-ever summer run held at the venue in its more than 80-year history. An instant success in Asbury Park, earning critical acclaim and packed houses, Cirque Zíva is a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented new show. The large cast and spectacular set designs illustrate the best of AAPI brand of artistic merit, high production value, and solid commitment to cultural exchange.
The premiere North American Tour of Cirque Zíva will be Winter & Spring of 2013.
Of special note is Cirque Zíva Lighting Director Tony Tucci, the recipient of two B. Iden Payne Awards and Critics Table awards for lighting. Credits include: American Ballet Theatre's Configurations with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the video “Baryshnikov, Dancer and The Dance”; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre; works by Cynthia Gregory, Fernando Bujones; and Suzanne Farrell; and for 1996 Summer Olympics, designed the Cultural Olympiad, which showcased six national and international companies.
Danny Chang and his Golden Dragon Acrobats continue their relentless, 30+ year US touring schedule of centuries-old Chinese art form. Since 1985, they remain the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States, and present over 200 performances annually. In 2005, their Broadway debut and seven-week run at the New Victory Theater earned two prestigious New York Drama Desk Awards nominations (Angela Chang for Best Choreography and Danny Chang for Most Unique Theatrical Experience).
Answering the new market demand from US presenters, producer Danny Chang restructured the Golden Dragon Acrobats in 1998 to form Asian Artists Productions, Inc. or AAPI. While the new company continued to produce and tour the Golden Dragon Acrobats, AAIP expanded to create theatrically elaborate, resident-shows like Circo Magnifico, Dream, Pagoda, Cirque D’or and others, each for a specific US market.
“In addition to all the pretzels served on the beach at Asbury Park, a theatergoer can run into quite a few inside the nearby Paramount Theater. Human pretzels, that is, courtesy of Cirque Zíva!” _The Star Ledger (New Jersey)
“There is a precision and beauty about everything these performers do.” _The Washington Post
“Powerful music, simple themes, and explosive choreography that transcends culture—an absolute joy in exploring the full potential of the human body.” _NYTheatre.com
“The Cat in the Hat, with his cake on a rake, has nothing on the Golden Dragon Acrobats.” _Newsday