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in “Shanghai Nights” at Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts

• Director: Liu Junke • Artistic Chorographer: Zhao Shuangwu

• Additional choreography and stage by Iryna Kovalova



Alto, NM — The multi-award winning Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China takes center stage at Spencer Theater in Ruidoso on Friday, October 7 at 7 p.m., presenting a night of mind boggling twists and turns and daring-do.

The Chinese troupe of 43 athletes are lauded for seamlessly weaving theatrical elements of dance, choreographed movement, balance and mime into their jaw-dropping feats. As one of the most influential in the world, this performance troupe has been a winner of all top levels of world-wide acrobatic competitions for nearly 60 years. They’ve also appeared as regulars, in recent tours, with Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus, Mystere of Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and with Stardust World Christmas circuses in Europe.

Each of the company’s acrobats are proven masters of such Chinese acrobatic essentials as pole climbing, hoop diving, lantern twirling, ball balancing and juggling balls with feet, shoulder ballet, unicycle troupes, silk spinning, aerial hoop contortions and building towering pyramids with their bodies balanced on chairs– and oh, so much more. These jaw-dropping feats, each beautifully choreographed with precise movement, expression and expansive music, is the centerpiece of their program “Shanghai Nights,” at the Spencer Theater on October 7 at 7 p.m.

     Excellent seats starting at just $39 are available for the one night only performance. Call theSpencer Box Office at 888.818.7872 or go online to for tickets. A pre-show sweet & sour sesame chicken buffet ($20) is also available at 5 p.m. Come see why the Shanghai Acrobats are the pride and joy of China at Spencer Theater!


Next up at Spencer Theater:


• ELF THE MUSICAL, A Broadway Spectacular-  

Tuesday, November 1st and Wednesday, November 2nd at 7 p.m. ($39-$89).

Be inspired to embrace your inner elf with this hilarious odyssey tale of self-discovery that changes lives for the better! ELF is a modern Christmas classic that's savvy, smart and deeply engaging for people of all ages!  Packed with sincerity and rousing musical numbers, ELF stars a cast of 30 professional singers, dancers, actors and orchestra musicians. This major national Broadway tour and premiere is being launched at the Spencer Theater following an intensive week of fine-tuning all technical aspects. Pre-show lemon piccata white fish lobby buffet ($20) at 5 p.m.


Spencer Theater is a world-class performance hall located in the Sacramento Mountain settlement of Alto, about 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso, New Mexico. Unique architecture, outstanding acoustics, intimate seating, and excellent artistry are the Spencer’s celebrated features.  The elegant, award-winning hall, which first raised its curtains in 1997, seats 514, with no seats farther than 67 feet from the 4,770 square-foot stage.  The Spencer also has a 964 square-foot outdoor stage that can seat 1,500. From its Spanish mica-flecked limestone face to the crystal lobby, the building itself is a work of art. Free public tours are offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year. Donations are accepted!

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