After seeing last year's Cirque Shanghai: Year of the Dragon, I could not wait to go see their new Dragon's Thunder show this year. Fortunately, my chance came last night during the Press Opening of the new show at Navy Pier's Pepsi Skyline Stage.
I just have to say that everybody has to go see this show. It is phenomenal.
For the first time ever, Cirque Shanghai brought traditional Dragon Drums to North America and incorporated them into their show. The beating of those drums echoing through the audience really sets the tone for a show full of twists, turns, and dizzying excitement.
New this year is a Flex Bar act that has the performers jumping up and doing amazing challenges while other performers are balancing the flex bar on their shoulders. If that is not enough to amaze you at the talent and physical ability of these performers, than the contortion parts of the show will leave you in awe. I watch how these men and women bend and twist, and I am ashamed that I can barely bend over and tie my shoe.
Of course, the main event of the show is the Wheel of Destiny. Unfortunately, when I went to the show last year, this event had to be canceled for the day due to equipment issues. Not knowing what I had missed, I did not think it was that big a deal. Now, seeing the Wheel of Destiny performed, I am a little upset about missing it last year.
The Wheel of Destiny is two performers in breathtaking acts performed on two spinning wheels. Not only will this act make you a bit dizzy with all the spinning, it will leave you absolutely breathless at the ability of the two guys to balance and do death-defying tricks without falling off.
Fortunately, the Wheel of Destiny was performed without incident, and was immediately followed by the always awesome Globe of Death. The Globe of Death puts five motorcycles in a cage. The motorcycles run at lightening fast speeds while spinning around the steal cage of death.
Though the Globe of Death does close out the show, there is so much that comes before it. I could not possibly write about it all because my post would be multiple pages long. Just be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post and you can see photos from even more of the show.
So, what are you waiting for. Go get your tickets already. The show is performing now through May 2nd with performances every Wednesday through Sunday at various times.
Word of advice, I went last year during the day, and last night when it was dark. I totally recommend going in the evening as the lighting effects really do enhance the show.
Tickets for Cirque Shanghai: Dragon's Thunder start at $15.50 and top out at less than $30.00, so it is a great, affordable activity for anyone. Matter-of-fact, just click here and order your tickets now. You will be glad you did.
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Please note that I did not take the photos. All photos in the gallery are production photos.