Famous for operating without a net, acrobats fearlessly swing through the air using only their own bravery and an endless supply of stunt doubles. Witness unwavering courage with this GrouponLive deal to see the New Shanghai Circus at State Theatre in New Brunswick on Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m. For $15, you get one ticket (up to a $41 value, including ticketing fees). Best-available seating will be assigned in the premium-orchestra and mid-orchestra or premium loge, front-balcony, or mid-balcony sections. There is no elevator at State Theatre, and stairs may be necessary to access seats.
The acrobats of New Shanghai Circus travel from their native China to enchant American audiences with feats of strength and gravity-defying derring-do. Beginning their training at age 9, the seasoned performers earn their oohs and aahs from showgoers by contorting their bodies like pretzels, piling onto moving bicycles, and building human pyramids to replace high-hanging light bulbs. Traditional Chinese music and ornate costumes add extra flair to the extravaganza, further immersing audiences in the culture of the visiting troupe of circus performers.
Originally built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, State Theatre has morphed into a pole star for live performances of all stripes. Above its sea of red velour, luminous orbs circle around an enormous chandelier, which a lucky audience member may win by correctly guessing its weight.