As part of the Golden Dragon Acrobats, the show has performed in every state in the U.S. as well as in more than 65 countries on five continents, and remains the only Chinese acrobatic company touring year-round in the United States, according to the show's choreographer and costume designer, Angela Chang.
"This show is really for the whole family. It's just like a body language act - you don't need to understand a story, speak a certain language or know any background information before you come," Angela Chang said. "And the acts we have - from contortionists, a boy doing one-handed and two-handed handstands on six stacked chairs on top of a table climbing over 30 feet high - people will be wowed by this."
Chang said her husband, Danny, became an acrobat at 7 years old and was personally trained by his father, Lien Chi Chang, who was the founder of the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Danny Chang enjoyed enormous success as an acrobat for 17 years and in 1984, Lien Chi Chang accepted the position of Head Coach at the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts, leaving the company to Danny Chang. Danny then took over as owner and producer, and created a husband and wife team with Angela Chang.
Based out of Dallas, Texas, the show has appeared twice at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., enjoyed a six-week run at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., and a six-week Broadway engagement at the New Victory Theater in New York City.
Angela Chang said her husband travels to China every year to view potential acts and recruits his talent there each year, using his past knowledge and contacts from his time as an acrobat and shadowing his father to develop the talent.
"The performers are absolutely amazing and the show has been running for almost 30 years," Angela Chang said. "We really hope the audience will enjoy the show and share in it with us. Audience members can meet the performers at intermission and after the show. We really want the audience to feel like they are a part of it and feel free to meet everyone. We're very excited to be in Cobb County."
Tickets are still available for Thursday's show, which will take place from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheater in Mableton. Residents can purchase a table with four seats for $130, purchase reserved seats at $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 years old and younger, or buy lawn seats for $15 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticket master.com or at the box office. Call (770) 819-7765 for more information.