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Dralion


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Experience
Hoop Diving
(1999-2015)


Derived from Chinese acrobatic tradition, the hoop diving act takes on a tribal flavour from the African-influenced music to which it is performed. Ten male artists dive and throw themselves like arrows through 18 wooden hoops. The hoops are fastened to a table; some remain stationary while others rotate.

With Indian chants (sampled from Zakir Hussain and Ustad Allarakha's "Lineage") included, "Aborigenes Jam" is a great accompaniment to the Hoop Diving act. Gaya (earth) dances in a frenzy as the heavy percussion provides the tribal beats to enhance the chanting. Taken from Chinese circus tradition, the hoop diving act takes on more of an African tribal flavor as nine male artits dive and "throw themselves like arrows" through many configurations of their wooden hoops.

When the final hoop is conquered, a trap door in the stage opens and one of the clowns climbs up carrying a cheaply-made lantern. What's the meaning of this?

We have read and heard many people claiming that Cirque du Soleil is pretentious and takes itself too seriously. In Dralion, their beliefs are squashed by the Parody act provided by the clown troupe. This caricature re-enactment of the show is filled with extreme humor causing tears of laughter and disbelief that they actually get away with the mimicking of cast fellow members.

 

• Aborigines Jam


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