Kenya Safari Acrobats
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Kenya Safari Acrobats

Glen Allen, Virginia, United States

Glen Allen, Virginia, United States
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"Kenya Acrobats balance, audience limbos"

The Kenya Safari Acrobats performed hundreds of tricks to a packed house last Thursday at SCSU.

Hailing from Kenya, this troupe of seven performers jumped, kicked, straddled and balanced everything from a knife-wielding limbo bar to each other - sometimes five at a time.

Roslyn Udairam, Chair of UPB perfoming arts committee, assisted in the organization of the event.
“About a month ago, Roslyn contacted me about these performers from Kenya,” Gebremicael Gebremariam, president of the African Student Association (ASA), said.

They believed this act was necessary and worked on achieving that goal.

The Residence Hall Association’s (RHA) “No Hate” campaign was also involved in the performance.

“Attending events like the Kenya Safari Acrobats and attending the nights that ASA are supporting helps promote pluralism of culture at SCSU,” Sean Groomes of RHA, said. “Which is basically the active involvement in other cultures.”

The performance began with a voice over a loudspeaker announcing to all: “You are about to embark on an exciting African adventure- please keeps hands and feet inside the auditorium at all times.”

Peppered with more jokes, the monologue continued to set the scene for the upcoming performance.

The monologue described a lone traveler on a journey into African wilderness who learned of natural resources and the disappointing realization of no tacos.

This traveler’s dream was to create an African circus and convince natives to participate which is where the performance and story began.

A performer dressed in safari garb then emerged and began interacting with the audience, miming asking for directions to the stage.

Once the performer reached the stage, several others joined him and they mimed tying him up with a rope.

The rope became a skipping rope and acrobats began jumping and flipping to the music.
After rope-skipping, two female performers took the stage and danced.

Soon, they retreated to the back of the stage as the five male performers set up a limbo bar, inviting the audience to limbo.

Almost 20 audience members of varying ages did the limbo with assistance from acrobats.

Once the audience members left the stage, the ordinary limbo bar was replaced with a bar holding five downward-facing knives. One male acrobat lowered the knife-bar to less than a foot above the ground and managed to dance under unharmed.

Following the limbo dance was a two-person set of tricks in which performers took turns alternately balancing on and holding up one another. After that set, the acrobats did various flips, leaps and jumps through a set of two narrow hoops.

The rest of the performance featured such stunts as climbing a set of up to five chairs balanced atop four glasses set on a table and a bed-of-nails stunt involving a performer being sandwiched between two beds of nails while another walked across the bed on top.

The grand finale was a series of acrobatic tricks involving all five male performers. The men balanced all together on one another in more than ten different formations, each involving only one man with both feet on the stage.

Throughout the performance, the narrator continued with the story of the African traveler, with his challenges among the natives and his eventual luck: he had an African circus, the Kenya Safari Acrobats.

Once the acrobats had left the stage and the audience in thunderous applause, the voice came over the loudspeaker once again, finishing the traveler’s story: “...and the audience gave the Kenya Safari Acrobats a standing ovation!” - University Chronicle, St. Cloud State University


"Kenyan acrobats show audience the meaning of ‘hakuna matata’"

Students trekked through Kenya and watched a lost traveler create an African circus with wild natives without ever leaving campus.

EXCEL Campus Activities sponsored the Kenya Safari Acrobats troupe that performed Thursday night at Texas Hall, delivering humor, feats of strength and acrobatic prowess to an audience of 487.

An ominous narration accompanied the performers and the lost traveler on his journey through the African safari to find the perfect circus troupe.

Acrobats wore an array of bright colors, beads and animal prints while jumping rope in an unconventional manner by turning somersaults and completing backflips to cheers and yells from the audience.

Lauren Almand, EXCEL Kenya Safari Acrobats chair, said the night was a definite success.

“I’m really happy with the turnout,” she said. “It was so cool to see that many people enjoy the event.”

Spectators witnessed an acrobat lay on a bed of nails and willingly let another performer place another bed of nails on top of him to do a handstand. The troupe set up a limbo bar center stage, inviting audience members of all ages to join in the game.

Participants were ushered off stage as the acrobats unsheathed their knives, attached them to the bar and limboed under them, inches off the floor.

Performers literally jumped through hoops for applause, diving head first through a vine-entwined ring.

Spanish freshman Helen Moyo said she was speechless at the end.

“I’ve never really been to a circus or anything before so this was completely amazing,” she said. “I saw an advertisement for the group and I am really glad I came.”

The event also included feats of strength, with the lost traveler revealing his muscles to the natives and lifting not one but four performers and swinging them around the stage.

A balancing act had the openmouthed audience snapping photos, during the no-photography show, as one acrobat slowly stacked chairs on top of four drinking glasses.

The performer then balanced on his hands on top of the chairs to cheers and screams, smiling the entire time and shouting “hakuna matata,” a Swahili phrase meaning, “there are no worries.”

Elester Williams, biomedical engineering freshman, said he couldn’t believe the stunts that were performed.

“I saw a preview in the library and thought the event looked cool, so I came,” he said. “This was definitely the single most amazing thing I have ever seen.” - The Shorthorn, The University of Texas at Arlington


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The Kenya Safari Acrobats offer a truly unique cultural experience. Hailing from the heart of Africa, this awe-inspiring and dynamic dance troupe takes acrobatics to exhilarating extremes. The group members learned acrobatics as children on the beaches of Kenya, as a means to break free from an impoverished country. Now they serve as artistic ambassadors for Kenya as they travel the globe, entertaining and inspiring audiences of all ages. Beyond Kenya, they have performed in Tanzania, The United States, Mexico, Canada and Japan. They have had the honor of performing at the White House, Disney, Six Flags, the Super Bowl and for MGM Entertainment, the Atlanta Hawks, the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat, the Orlando Magic and many other impressive clients.

The Kenya Safari Acrobats perform a non-stop ride of gravity-defying human pyramids, balancing, tumbling, limbo dancing, hurling through hoops and breathtaking contortions, all while clapping to a joyful Benga beat. Combining artistry with humor and playfulness, these gymnasts are a huge crowd pleaser. A unique and eye-popping blend of traditional arts and circus skills in classic African style, this show will leave your audience on their feet and filled with a wondrous sense of awe and amazement.