Arts Council announces 2011-12 season

NORWICH – The Chenango County Council of the Arts, Norwich, has announced the lineup for the11/12 Performance Series.

Kicking off the season on Nov. 10, are the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats. They’ve been called “incredible,” “breathtaking,” “stunning,” and “quite unbelieveable”. The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats offer more than a glimpse into the fascinating traditions of the Orient. It consists of sensational Chinese acrobats, balancing feats, martial arts displays, and much more. A truly Oriental spectacular and a show for all ages, the grace and precision of the acrobats are the triumph of years of dedicated training and discipline. Chinese acrobatics are, in fact, more than just a series of stunts. Most of these acts clearly demonstrate the achievement of perfection through finding harmony between mind and body. The art has been formed by centuries of tradition.

A perennial favorite of local audiences, Barrage returns to Norwich on Dec. 10 in their final tour, “A Winter’s Tale.” A high octane fiddle fest that features an international, multi-talented cast performing an eclectic mix of music, song and dance. Barrage has entertained millions of people around the globe with fans in Europe, Asia, the South Pacific and North America. Barrage’s new holiday show “Winter’s Tale” offers up a diverse fusion of cultures, musical styles, and incredible performance vitality. The music of Barrage continues to evolve – combining contemporary world music influences, layered vocal arrangements and pulsating modern beats and rhythms. Barrage pulls its influences from the music and dance styles of “Old World” Europe. Spanish, Celtic, Italian, French, Ukrainian, Russian and Norwegian. The young, hip cast delivers the show with amazing energy and musical virtuosity that will take your breath away. The performance is being sponsored by NBT Bank.

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