Golden Dragon Acrobats
Live at the Wildey Theatre on Apr 18th, 2013
While serving as a the Theatre Manager at the Wildey Theatre, Bedell arranged and oversaw a presentation of the Golden Dragon Acrobats.
Since 1985, not only have the Golden Dragon Acrobats toured North America continuously, they have also had copious resident shows featured in theme parks across the United States for many years. Furthermore, in 1990s, the Golden Dragon Acrobats received exceptional reviews from their European Tour 3 years consecutively.
In 1998, due to the popular demand, the Golden Dragon Acrobats restructured itself and formed Asian Artists Production, Inc. or AAPI. In the next 10 years, AAPI continued to produce the Golden Dragon Acrobats and also created other shows for different markets. Some of these productions included the Amazing Chinese Acrobats, Circo Magnifico, Dream, Pagoda, Cirque D’or, and others.
The latest of these theatrical productions, Cirque Zíva, was created in 2011 for a five-week run at Asbury Park Boardwalk’s Paramount Theatre, marking the first-ever residency held at the venue in its more than 80-year history. Soon after, AAPI announced a touring partnership with SRO Artists, Inc., with plans to deliver the premiere North American Tour of Cirque Zíva for Winter & Spring of 2013.
Through out the history of the Golden Dragon Acrobats, the company has performed in all fifty states, including repeated performances in all 48 lower states. On average, the Golden Dragon Acrobats presents over 200 performances each year at 100 to 200 venues across the United States. The Golden Dragon Acrobats also has separated itself from the majority of Chinese acrobatic companies touring the United States by emphasizing their artistic merit, cultural exchange. Moreover, the company spends more than one third of its tour participating in community and youth outreach program.