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Chinese Warriors

Chinese Warriors of Peking will bring their acrobatics and martial arts to the Lied Center for Performing Arts Sunday. 

The Chinese Warriors of Peking are invading the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Sunday afternoon.

The long-running performance troupe will perform its action-packed show of high-intensity martial arts and acrobatics at 4 p.m. The family-oriented show has earned rave reviews during the first few weeks of its tour.

Rooted in classical Peking opera, which incorporated martial arts and acrobatics, the 2018 Chinese Warriors of Peking performance is set during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and tells a tale of two rival martial arts disciplines competing in ancient Peking.

Under the direction of Qui Jian, the show is filled with acrobatics, juggling, diving rings, contortion, weapon handling and live stage combat — near-nonstop action that results in the original of a group of real warriors in the Chinese capital.

The performers, Yuan Liu told the Pepperdine University Graphic, practice eight hours a day to prepare for the tour, with no holidays. Many of the performers, including Liu, have been training since age 13, with some starting as early as age 6.

Formed in 1958, the Chinese Warriors of Peking have toured around the world multiple times, including their slack wire act recently teaming up with Cirque du Soleil. The group has won multiple competition awards in China for ring diving, spinning plates, feet juggling, a bicycle routine, swinging poles, stacking chairs and slack-wire performance.

Tickets for the 4 p.m. show start at $29 and are available at the Lied Center ticket office, liedcenter.org and by phone at 402-472-4747.

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Entertainment reporter/columnist

L. Kent Wolgamott is an entertainment reporter and columnist.

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