Celebrate the rich diversity of the African continent and the festive spirit of the circus with an exhilarating extravaganza by the Sarakasi African Acrobats. The troupe comes to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Sunday, February 10, 3:00 PM. Tickets to the show, $50-$20, are available at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818, or at www.cerritoscenter.com.
The Sarakasi African Acrobats, whose name means "circus" in Swahili, dazzle in a kaleidoscopic showcase filled with human pyramids, tightrope stunts, contortionists, high-energy dance, and juggling. A riveting display of athleticism and authentic African music and customs, the show captivates audiences of all ages.
Fusing the cultures of Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, this fiery, fast-paced program showcases African choreographers, costumes, music, and set design to create an unforgettable, family-friendly experience for audiences of all ages. Combining dancing and music from the African cultures with acrobatic moves inspired by the Chinese, the performers also feature African-rooted acts such as the Limbo and fire-eating feats.
For the last eight years, Sarakasi African Acrobats has built a solid platform for developing East Africa's talents into a world-class school for the performing arts. From its base in Nairobi, dancers are trained in disciplines that include traditional dance, Cabaret, Salsa, Hip Hop, Street dance, and other contemporary dance forms. The circus is the main component of the Sarakasi Trust, an organization founded in 2001 in Nairobi that aims to improve the lives of Kenyans. Many of the acrobats are recruited from the poorest neighborhoods and then trained in acrobatics, music, dance, theater, and visual arts.
For tickets or more information on the Sarakasi African Acrobats' performance at the CCPA, call (562) 467-8818, or go to www.cerritoscenter.com.