Dralion (pronounced drah-lee-on) is billed as an unprecedented fusion
of ancient Chinese acrobatic traditions and the avant-garde approach
of Cirque du Soleil, a contemporary collage of the original and the
eclectic – the primitive and the post-modern, and as a celebration of
life, deriving much of its inspiration from Eastern philosophies with
its principles of perpetual discovery and never-ending quest for
harmony between man and nature.
The show's name is drawn from its two emblematic creatures — the dragon,
representing the Orient (East), and the lion, representing the Occident (West)
- and pays homage to the four elements that govern and maintain the natural
order: air, water, fire, and earth (but also representing four of the
major regions of the planet: Africa, India, South-East Asia, and Europe).
Dralion propels these four pillars of the
universe, which take on human form and rule worlds defined by their individual
vivid and evocative color (air is blue, water is green, fire is red, and
earth is ochre) into a futurisit dimension - a timeless and allegorical place,
ruled my magical laws.
Suspended in time between the past and the future, here, the iridescent
colors of the costumes are reflected in the metallic glints of a
decor straight out of the cinéma fantastique. The musical score
simultaneously borrows from traditional sources while entering
an electro-symphonic realm of a world yet to come. Innovation soars to
new heights as it defies the laws of nature.
Dralion is Cirque du Soleil at its purest, a dynamic performance
that seems to transcend the boundaries of the imagination and lead
us into a dreamscape with a new and sparkling perspective. In the land
of Dralion, cultures blend, Man and Nature are one, and balance is achieved.
|Premiere: ||Apr.22.1999 (BigTop)
|Finale: ||Dec.31.2009 (Bigtop)
"Working for Joy"
Keith Johnson, 2009