Peking Acrobats • January 24-25 with two matinee performances.
A troupe of China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, and gymnasts, the Peking Acrobats return to Zellerbach by popular demand, with spellbinding feats and daring maneuvers steeped in 2,000 years of folk tradition. In vibrant costumes and accompanied by live musicians on Chinese folk instruments, the rigorously trained acrobats dazzle with their tremendous agility and grace, as well as spectacular company numbers involving trick cycling, powerful precision tumbling, and other cringe-worthy maneuvers.
Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery • January 31 and February 1
Kodo brings the “primal power and bravura beauty” (Chicago Tribune) of Japanese taiko drumming to stages throughout the world. This new performance transports the audience to a place with a nostalgic air conjuring the spirit of the Japanese people and their indigenous nature. Through the music of Kodo, the profound world of Mystery will unfold.
Les 7 Doigts de la Main Sequence 8 • February 4 and 7
The Montreal-based contemporary circus troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main presentSequence 8, a new production that explores some of the towering themes of our existence-connection, isolation, and alienation-on an intimate human scale. The troupe’s charismatic young acrobats have the elegance of Cirque du Soleil aerialists and the athleticism of Olympic gymnasts, performing gravity-defying trapeze acts and explosive somersault routines, and wryly riffing on traditional circus arts like juggling and clowning.
All of January’s offerings can be found at the Cal Performances website.