Acrobats, shoulder ballet part of Manitoba's largest Chinese New Year celebration

The largest Chinese New Year celebration in Manitoba is getting ready to take the stage Saturday night at Pantages Playhouse. Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts will host the evening that helps celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts will host event Saturday at Pantages Playhouse

Traditional Chinese dancers, and acrobats will be performing during the Guizhou Culture Exchange Performing Troupes' performance Saturday night at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre. These dancers will be part of the Chinese New Year celebration put on by Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts Inc. 1:54

The largest Chinese New Year celebration in the province, hosted by Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts, will take the stage Saturday night at Pantages Playhouse.

Chinese New Year was officially Feb. 8, when the year of the goat switched to the year of the monkey, but many Chinese celebrate for two weeks. The show Saturday is a continuation of those celebrations, and a great way for local Chinese families to connect with the culture of mainland China, said Rosana Leung Shing, vice-president of Manitoba Great Wall Performing Arts.

Acrobats, musicians and dancers from the Guizhou Culture Exchange Performing Troupe have been flown to Winnipeg from Guizhou province in the southern part of China for the show. Students from the Great Wall Dance Academy of Canada will join the performers from Guizhou to showcase traditional Chinese dances.

"We can't all go to China, so for us to have them come here, it's a treat. We don't normally have a big show like this during the Chinese New Year," said Leung Shing.

The show isn't just for Chinese families who are living in the city, it is a showcase for everyone, Leung Shing said.

"It's for all ages and all different cultures, not just for the Chinese community. We want to show what the Chinese people can do," said Leung Shing.

The show has sold out in the past but tickets are still available this year's performance. Tickets start at $25 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

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