SKYCITY Auckland is the place to celebrate Chinese New Year next month with the Sky Tower lighting up red and gold from the 12 February - 2 March 2007. A breathtaking acrobatic and martial arts show, musical performances, traditional ceremonies, themed decorations and a Lion Dance will all celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig.
Witness the spectacular Chinese New Year Acrobatic Show at SKYCITY Theatre from Friday 16 - Sunday 25 February, featuring exhilarating displays from 25 of China's best performers from Yin Chuan Acrobatics Troupe and Chinese Martial Art Group.
From 6.30 - 7.30pm every night from Saturday 17 February to Sunday 4 March free entertainment for the whole family will take place in SKYCITY's Atrium, including cultural singing, traditional ceremonies, firecrackers and instrumental performances. SKYCITY will be themed with Chinese New Year Decorations from Monday 12 February including a Blossom tree in the Atrium.
SKYCITY Auckland General Manager David Christian says that the celebrations will appeal to young and old.
"SKYCITY is excited to be involved in community events such as Chinese New Year, providing engaging and enriching experiences to our visitors," says David. "The Chinese New Year celebrations will have wide appeal for both Asian and non-Asian audiences alike, and I'm delighted that SKYCITY will play a part in marking the occasion."
Ming Court, SKYCITY's authentic Chinese restaurant, will offer special Chinese New Year menus and a promotion where all diners will receive a special fortune cookie offering the chance to win prizes including dining vouchers, cash prizes, and hotel accommodation at SKYCITY Grand Hotel.
Shows from Friday 16 to Sunday 25 February daily at 7pm and 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Prices: Adult: $25 - $35 Children under 12: $15
The posters outside the theatre down-play the event somewhat. This was more than just Chinese acrobats and martial arts. This was pure theatre.
The acrobats are nothing like you have ever seen before. Even usually overdone and tired juggling acts came alive with these artists as they breathed new life into this skill to such a level that you will be yawning next time you see any other jugglers.
The usual circus acts that has all but the very young dozing had new energy injected into them. The balancing acts, the plate spinners and general acrobatics were elevated to such levels that it would be near impossible for any other act to come close to the levels that these performers gave.
The show opened with the dragon dance, which is something everyone loves to see, and with the skillful performance given by this troupe, this act was positively sublime.
The whole performance, whether the circus acts or the martial art acts were made to look absolutely effortless; such was the ease and consummate skill of these professionals.
The costumes of the production had almost every male drooling over the female artists. The humour projected by the performers transcended all language barriers. The were plenty of 'ooooh' and 'aaaah' moments; I had fingernails dug into my wrist during the tense moments. The audience laughed, gasped and sat in stunned silence. My hands are sore from all the clapping, as I am sure the hands are of everyone who attended the show this evening.
The only downside to this show, was the lengthy pauses when the compares came on to introduce each section, perhaps they could have come on every 2-3 acts rather than each act; this, and this alone made the whole performance a little 'bitty' - that aside, the show is THE must see show for this season.
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