The New Shanghai Circus
January 13-14, 2018
Kahului, MAUI — Maui Arts & Cultural Center presents the return 2018 engagement of a family favorite: the New Shanghai Circus, onstage in the Blaisdell Concert Hall on Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14. Two show times are featured each day at 4:30 and 7:30 pm. Just in time for last-minute holiday shopping, O‘ahu tickets go on sale Monday, December 18 at 10:00 am at the Blaisdell Box Office or via Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets are on sale now for the Maui shows, available at the MACC Box Office, by phone at 808-242-SHOW or at MauiArts.org.
The New Shanghai Circus features fearless performers with boundless energy and amazing skills who bring new interpretations to traditional Chinese circus arts — some acts with thousands of years in the making. The acrobats, jugglers, knife-throwers, contortionists, and other skilled performers of the Shanghai Circus dedicate their life to the achievement of perfection as they defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats of balance and skill. These acts are staged with traditional Chinese props and themes, but in the spirit of the “new circus,” all of this is accomplished with 21st century flair: nouvelle costumes, dramatic lighting, and magical stagecraft.
The daring and rigorously-trained performers of the Shanghai Circus follow a 2,500-year old tradition of circus arts in China, developed from ancient rural village harvest celebrations. In the autumn, both peasants and craftsmen would join in the village square for a celebration of bountiful harvest. Common people would show off their skills by performing fun and exciting feats of derring-do, using household tools and common items found around the farm and workshop. Climbing to the top of a tall stack of chairs, spinning plates on the end of a long bamboo stick, balancing small wooden benches on their head, juggling huge pottery jars, flipping bowls with their feet, climbing tall poles and long leather straps … these and most other traditional Chinese acrobatic acts were derived from the lifelong skills of the village peasants, river sailors and local craftsmen. As skills developed, the traditions passed from generation to generation to become the feats of strength, balance and grace that define the unique circus traditions of China.
Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm / 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 4:30 pm / 7:30 pm
Blaisdell Concert Hall
Monday, December 18, 2017 at 9:00 am HST
$39.50 Orch AA – E
$29.50 Balc A – J
$27.50 Orch F – S
$22.50 Orch T – W, Balc K – Q
$15.00 Orch X – Z, Balc R – S
Youth Ages 3-12 years – 50% off on all ticket prices except the $15 ticket price
($19.75 $14.75 $13.75 $11.25)
Military / Seniors 65+: Good on $29.50, $27.50 & $22.50 ticket price ranges only.
($24.50 / $22.50 / $17.50)
Ages 3 & up will need to purchase a ticket for entry.
No ticket limit.
Payment Accepted by:
Cash/Visa/Master Card/Discover/American Express
Box Office sales – $1.00 per ticket facility fee
Applicable fees apply to all Ticketmaster Phone/Internet/Mobile
Processing fee Ticketmaster Phone/Internet sales $2.80 per order.
Ticketmaster Charge by Phone: 1-800-745-3000
Ticketmaster TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf): 1-800-474-4833
Blaisdell Box Office:
Blaisdell Box Office info line: (808) 768-5252
Blaisdell Box Office TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf): (808) 768-9270