Dance and acrobatics are great art forms to experience different cultures because they don’t rely on language, according to Angela Chang, one of the leaders of the Golden Dragon Acrobats.
“You don’t need language to share a story or emotion,” said Chang in an interview with the Deseret News. “Dance can tell a story. It’s like body language.”
Husband and wife Danny and Angela Chang are the leaders of Golden Dragon Acrobats, a traveling show featuring a combination of high-flying acrobatics and traditional Chinese dance, which is coming to Salt Lake City's Eccles Theater on March 11.
“When we tour on the road, we’re like a big family,” Angela Chang said. “Me and Danny are like parents and we have a bunch of kids that we take care of.”
In addition to her main role as choreographer, Chang says that she also helps take care of the acrobats’ physical needs if there are any injuries throughout the course of their five-month tour.
“Touring is very hard. You’re traveling all the time and you never know what’s going to happen,” she said.
Chang says that she enjoys working with her husband, Danny, on a daily basis, even if they have differing opinions.
“We always have different thoughts and opinions on what we should do for the show, so we talk and argue, but we always work it out,” she said.
This is the second time that the Changs have visited Utah in connection with the Golden Dragon Acrobats. Angela Chang says she remembers Utah as being very cold but very beautiful and that the people are very nice and friendly.
“We really hope that for our second show in Salt Lake that the young generation will come and enjoy our show and learn more about our culture,” she said.
If you go ...
What: Golden Dragon Acrobats
When: Saturday, March 11, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Where: Eccles Theater, Delta Hall, 131 S. Main Street
How much: $15-$30
Email: [email protected]