“Dralion” (Cirque du Soleil): Don’t Even Pretend You Can Do This At Home

“Dralion” (Cirque du Soleil): Don’t Even Pretend You Can Do This At Home

Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines

To me, the coolest part of a Cirque du Soleil show is sitting in awe of an incredibly talented troupe, oohing and aahing as they perform impossible physical acts with ludicrous ease. Balancing on one hand and very slowly contorting oneself into various pretzel-inspired shapes with careful precision? Propelling oneself from a trampoline in such a way that it looks as if walls were meant to be walked on? Jumping rope while doing a headstand? Piece of cake!

The show’s name comes from a blend of the two symbolic animals featured as a single hybrid in the show: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West. Each of the four elements – air, water, fire, and earth – are represented in human form with incredibly limber entourages. The costumes for each element draw from African, South Asian, and Chinese influences. The show is especially enchanting when the elements and their coteries mix, blending their unique styles into a mélange of acrobatics, balance, and strength.

This synthesis – of music, dance styles, dress, even simple movements – enables the show to stand out from a typical acrobatics performance. It’s a treat watching dancers in African-influenced dress perform acrobatics through stacked Chinese hoops to music and vocalizations inspired by Indian kathak dance. Cirque du Soleil “Dralion” is whimsical, humorous, enchanting, and entertaining for audiences of all ages.

THREE WORDS: Not easily impressed, Mike calls it “bright, powerful, captivating”.

Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, with one 20-minute intermission

At United Center for a limited engagement

Saturday, June 30 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday, July 1 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm

For show and ticket information, please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion

Photo:

Single Handbalancing. Picture credit: Daniel Desmarais. Costume credit : François Barbeau ©2006 Cirque du Soleil

 

 

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