Dancers use their bodies to express emotions, unlike opera singers, who use their voices, and Punchin’ Jack, who only uses his fists. Get an eyeful of art with this GrouponLive deal to see Cirque Ziva featuring the Golden Dragon Acrobats perform at Akron Civic Theatre. For $12, you get one ticket for reserved seating in the rear orchestra or middle balcony on Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. (up to a $25 value). Doors open at 2 p.m.<p>
The Golden Dragon Acrobats, natives of China, have grown their show for over four decades, drawing from a tradition that extends more than 25 centuries back to create a nationally touring display of strength, dexterity, and poise. The New York Times says the performers “know how to keep topping themselves,” a feat they prove once again in their latest incarnation, Cirque Ziva. Against a multihued backdrop illuminated by award-winning lighting director Tony Tucci, the company careens though a show packed with spectacles created by producer and Golden Dragon artistic director Danny Chang. Jumpsuit-clad acrobats climb into the centers of large hoops, coaxing them into stage-encircling rolls, and others assume gravity-defying poses atop towers of chairs and precarious ladders. Also unfolding on the stage is a contortionist who remains stone-still to balance pyramids of champagne glasses on the bottom of her raised foot.
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E.J. Thomas Hall
Since 1973, The University of Akron's E.J. Thomas Hall has been the center of Akron's performing arts scene. The three-level facility, which occupies three acres of The University of Akron campus, boasts a massive, 44-ton movable ceiling that can shift to enclose the first or second levels. The position of the ceiling has a dramatic effect on the hall's volume and acoustics, so it is controlled by a computer precisely managing 27 counterweights. The hall's ability to transform from an intimate one-level performance space to a vast three-level concert hall allows it to host performances of a variety of sizes and styles by university students and faculty as well as the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Tuesday Musical Association, the Children’s Concert Society, and the Akron Youth Symphony.