TARPON SPRINGS — According to the Chinese zodiac, 2012 is the year of the dragon. Thus, it should be a year of success, power and happiness.
So breathe some fire into the new year with a trip to see the Golden Dragon Acrobats, a company of 18 young and nimble acrobats, jugglers and contortionists from the Hebei Province in China.
"Some are in their late teens and I think the oldest is 27," said Art Fegan, owner of Art Fegan Entertainment, the booking agent for the group. "They start training them as kids and the things they do, well, the body can't go on all that long."
The sole performance is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $28, $24 for members and students.
Fegan said the show is an hour and 45 minutes of "jaw-dropping acts."
"They juggle objects while balancing on tables, teeter boards, each other. The tower of chairs is a real showstopper."
The troupe was established in 1967 and started touring America in 1985. Today, under the direction of Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang, they tour here year-round.
In 2005, the Golden Dragon Acrobats made their Broadway debut at the New Victory Theater, winning critical acclaim and receiving two New York Drama Desk nominations — Danny Chang for Unique Theatrical Experience and Angela Chang for Best Choreography.
It's a cirque-style presentation of power, grace, beauty and athleticism that just may leave the audience roaring for more.