New Jersey Stage

Thursday, June 9, 2011

"CIRQUE ZIVA" BRINGS THRILLING ACROBATIC PRODUCTION TO PARAMOUNT THEATRE

(ASBURY PARK, NJ) -- The Asbury Park Boardwalk announced another important milestone in its incredible resurgence.  A destination deeply rooted in music, art and entertainment will now welcome a resident company to one of its historic venues.  Starting June 24, the critically acclaimed Golden Dragon Acrobats will bring "Cirque Ziva," a show created by impresario Danny Chang specifically for Asbury Pak audiences, to the Paramount Theatre for a five-week run.

"Cirque Ziva" will mark the first residency every held at the Paramount Theatre in its more than 80-year history.  The show's thrilling human pyramids, daring flips, and awe-inspiring tosses and tumbles, promise to entertain spectators of all ages.  Daily matinees and evening performances offer the entertainment value found in major metropolitan areas complemented by Monmouth County's number-one beach and boardwalk amenities, including an eclectic selection of restaurants and lounges, boutique shops, a water park, miniature golf, a pinball museum and more.

"We are very excited to welcome the Golden Dragon Acrobats to the Asbury Park Boardwalk.  Just as audiences in cities like New York and Las Vegas can experience theatrical performances with entertainment-driven amenities, Boardwalk patrons can have the same incredible experience in Asbury Park this summer," said Pasqualina DeLucia of Madison Marquette.

Founded and directed by Danny Chang, the Golden Dragon Acrobats, a troupe that has toured five continents and 65 countries throughout its 30 years of performances, will draw upon twenty-seven centuries of time-honored Chinese tradition to present "Cirque Ziva" to the Jersey Shore community.  Both Chang and his wife, Angela, have been nominated for Drama Desk Awards for their theatrical achievements.

A special performance honoring the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County is slated for Thursday, June 23.  Following the charitable opening, "Cirque Ziva" performances will run June 24 through July 31.  Scheduled performances include matinee and evening shows every Tuesday through Sunday.

Tickets for "Cirque Ziva" are currently on sale at www.TicketMaster.com, the Stone Pony Box Office and the Boardwalk Box Office.  Admission to the family-friendly show ranges from $12.00 to $43.00, plus applicable fees.

For more information about the Golden Dragon Acrobats, please visit www.GoldenDragonAcrobats.com.  To learn more about "Cirque Ziva" show times, please visit www.APBoardwalk.com.

ABOUT THE ASBURY PARK BOARDWALK
The Asbury Park Boardwalk has been undergoing a remarkable transformation. It is a mix of modern amenities and soulful authenticity that transcends today's perception of the Jersey shore. The New York Times describes it as a place where "the past stands vigil over the present" and declared that "Black and white, gay and straight, child-ridden and child-free: there's a little of everything and everyone seems to feel at home." This unique atmosphere has been nurtured carefully by developer Madison Marquette, a Washington, DC based retail real estate owner and operator that assumed control over the boardwalk's redevelopment in 2006. A legendary vibrant music scene as well as award winning restaurants, shops, lounges and beaches is just a part of what has recently made the Asbury Park Boardwalk one of the most critically acclaimed destinations in the U.S. For more information, please visit www.APBoardwalk.com.

ABOUT MADISON MARQUETTE
Madison Marquette is a Washington, D.C.-based investor, developer and operator of retail and retail mixed-use real estate throughout the United States. The company specializes in creating unique retail destinations that respond best to consumer preferences. With regional offices in Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, New York, Charlotte, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Diego, Madison Marquette seeks investment opportunities in growing markets. The company maintains a sophisticated in-house operating capability and oversees 18 million square feet of retail real estate. This diverse national portfolio includes many properties that Madison Marquette manages and leases on behalf of third-party owners. For more information about the company, please visit www.MadisonMarquette.com.

ABOUT DANNY CHANG (FOUNDER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR)
Danny Chang began his training at the age of eight with his family's school, the Chang Family Acrobatic School of Taipei. By his 10th birthday, Mr. Chang was performing professionally with the school's touring wing, the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats. Since that time, he and the troupe have performed in over 65 countries around the world. Mr. Chang is one of the world's leading impresarios for Chinese acrobatics, his reputation solidly based on his talents as both acrobatic and artistic director. Honored by the Taipei Trade Union of Acrobatic Dance, he has twice received Distinguished Skill in Performance Awards from the Republic of China's Ministry of Education, and was awarded the most prestigious Medal for International Faith and Good will by the Republic of China's Coordination Council for North American Affairs.

ABOUT ANGELA CHANG (CHOREOGRAPHER/COSTUME COMSTUME DESIGNER)
Angela Chang has served as choreographer and costume designer for the Chinese Golden Acrobats for more than twenty years. An accomplished student of Chinese culture, Ms. Chang studied both music and dance through high school in Taipei. She earned her undergraduate degree in Chinese Folk Dance at the Chinese Cultural College of Taipei.  Eight years as Coordinator of Cultural Programming for the Taiwan Television Corporation has provided Ms. Chang extensive experience in arts management, which she brings to the troupe. In partnership with her husband, Danny Chang, Ms. Chang's education, training and talent have been instrumental in making the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats the leading troupe of Chinese acrobats in the world today.