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DRALION


DRALION:  Aerial Hoop - Hibana. 

An awe-inspiring creation of strength and agility, this exotic aerial ballet captures the passion and energy of its signature element, "fire". Suspended from a hoop high above the stage, the artist presents an evocative choreography in which the hoop and body become one in a dance of acrobatic precision.

For tickets and general information, please call ph. 1-866-446-8849, Group Booking ph. 713-758-7577 or log onto www.cirquedusoleil.com

 

DRALION

IN HOUSTON

November 30th through December 04, 2011

at Toyota Center - Houston, Texas

1510 Polk Street, Houston Texas USA  77002

Phone 713-758-7200


DRALION

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

Performances from November 30 to December 04, 2011

General Tickets on sale now at www.cirquedusoleil.com/

 

About the show

Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show's name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.

In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form. Thus embodied, each element is represented by its own evocative colour: air is blue; water is green; fire is red; earth is ochre. In the world of Dralion, cultures blend, Man and Nature are one, and balance is achieved.

 

 

What the media say about the show

"I would recommend Dralion highly to those who can appreciate the artistry and acrobatic talent displayed in the show."     -----The Examiner
 

"Truly a wonderful experience."     -----Reading Eagle

 

"Cirque's unpretentious "Dralion" offers one visual gravity-defying stunner after another."     -----The Philadelphia Inquirer

 

 

COSTUMES

The primary sources of inspiration for the costumes of Dralion come from China, India and Africa. The palette favors vibrant solid colors, while the shapes are guided by the artistsí movements and choreography.

Each of the four elements and its associated family are represented by their own unique color. Blue is identified with air, green symbolizes water, red is for fire, and ochre represents the earth.

Facts

  • Over 5,000 meters (16,000 feet) of fabric were used in creating the costumes;
  • The fabrics come from regions around the globe, including China, the United States, Italy, France, England and Quebec;
  • Materials that might be considered unusual were used in creating costumes and accessories: horse hair, raffia, metal, window screen, emu feathers, crystals, Styrofoam, plastic, bubble wrap, fun fur, springs and an array of hardware items
  • To create the texture on the chest plate on the singerís costume, bugs were glued on and then molded into different shapes;
  • The artisans at the Cirque du Soleil costume workshop in Montreal worked for over three months fabricating the original costumes, hats, wigs and footwear required for Dralion. New costumes are continuously made.
  • The majority of the Dralion costumes are custom-made for each artist, including shoes and head pieces.
  • Dralion has close to 1500 costume pieces including shoes, hats and accessories.
  • The Dralion wardrobe team includes 4 permanent touring staff and 3 local wardrobe employees in each city. The wardrobe team is responsible for maintaining and repairing all costumes.
  • The Dralion tour travels with washers and dryers because most costume pieces are machine washable and then hung to dry.
  • Over 300 pairs of shoes are cleaned and painted by hand every week

 

 

SET DESIGN

A mammoth structure creates the huge backdrop that dominates the stage. This metallic set piece is 60 feet wide and 26 feet tall and is suggestive of a futuristic Chinese temple or a giant plate of medieval armor.

The most imposing feature is the metallic wall which spans the full length of the stage. Covered with perforated aluminum tiles, the wall is strong and resilient while giving the impression of being light and flexible. The six giant claws attached to the structure allow artists to climb and suspend themselves from the wall.

Three concentric aluminum rings are suspended high above the stage. The first serves as a catwalk for performers and technicians. The second is used to support technical and acrobatic equipment, including the enormous lantern that descends at the end of the first half of the show. The third ring is used to move performers up, down and through the world of Dralion.

 


DRALION:  Aerial Pas de Deux.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

Pas de deux is a languorous aerial dance. A couple, intertwined, flies over the stage in a long band of blue cloth. Within the cloth, they perform various acrobatic figures that demand great feats of strength and flexibility.

 


DRALION:  Chairs.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

In the Chairs act, the artist delicately stacks chairs to create a tower on which to perform a balancing act that displays the human body at the very peak of condition and muscular control.

 

 


DRALION:  Diabolo.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

The diabolo, or Chinese yo-yo, is a children's game which involves holding two sticks linked by a string while sliding, juggling and tossing a wooden spool. With increasingly difficult maneuvers, the artists attempt to outdo each other in dexterity and ingenuity.

 

 


DRALION:  Dralions.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

A blend of traditional Chinese dragon and lion dances takes on new scope when reimagined by Cirque du Soleil. In a dynamic and energetic tumbling sequence, the artists perform acrobatic moves while balancing on large wooden balls as the dralion characters surround them with a spirited dance.

 

 


DRALION:  Hoop Diving.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

Derived from Chinese acrobatic tradition, the Hoop Diving act takes on a tribal flavor from the African-influenced music to which it is performed. Ten male artists dive and throw themselves like arrows through small wooden hoops. The hoops are stacked on top of each other; some are stationary while others rotate.

 

 


DRALION:  Juggling.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

With stylized choreography that makes the most of his incredible flexibility, the artist incorporates a fast-paced performance with hints of modern dance. His incredible precision and mastery of his art are evident as he juggles up to seven balls simultaneously.

 

 


DRALION:  Medusa.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

The artists execute graceful and lithe movements which emphasize their extreme flexibility and balance. Together, they create extraordinary and harmonious figures.

 

 


DRALION:  Single Handbalancing.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

This act requires great strength and flexibility. Displaying impressive control, the artist balances on canes of various heights, slowly executing a series of astounding figures while maintaining a delicate equilibrium.

 

 


DRALION:  Skipping Ropes.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

A children's game familiar to everyone, the skipping rope takes on a new dimension in Dralion with heightened level of acrobatic prowess. As the artists keep time with the long skipping ropes, they perform flips, make pyramids and even form a human column.

 

 


DRALION:  Trampoline.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

Defying the rules of gravity, fearless aerialists bounce off trampolines using the futuristic backdrop both as a diving board and landing pad. They cascade perilously through the air performing spectacular stunts at a dizzying pace.

 

 


DRALION character:  Azala (Air).  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

Azala is the goddess of Air. She is the guardian of the sun and immortality, floating above timeless space in hues of blue.

 

 


DRALION character:  Gaya (Earth).  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

Gaya is the goddess of Earth. She possesses within her human warmth (fire) and the cool, fresh vitality of life (water). She adorns herself in ochre.

 

 


DRALION character:  Oceane (Water).  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

Oceane is goddess of Water. As queen of movement she controls, through the art of dance, the movement of the oceans. Her universe is green.

 

 


DRALION character:  Yao (Fire).  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

The guide to the fiery demons, he commands the rhythm of the show. He symbolizes both good and evil. He sees life in vivid red.

 

 


DRALION character:  The Clowns.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

All is well in the best of worlds. However, these clever clowns manage to push this otherwise harmonious universe just slightly off-kilter.

 

 


DRALION character:  Little Buddha.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

The Little Buddha is the chosen child. Although it possesses special powers that will allow it to eventually become an ¬me-Force, it dreams of being just a regular child.

 

 


DRALION character:  The Vocals - L'¬me-Force.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

The voices of Dralion sing an invented language to which only Cirque du Soleil holds the key. Their mysterious accents echo down through time: L'¬me-Force symbolizes ultimate harmony between the four elements.

 

 


DRALION character:  Kala.  For tickets call ph. 1-866-446-8849 or click to www.cirquedusoleil.com

Kala is the heart of the wheel that represents time and the infinite cycle. He is the internal propulsion of the wheel that makes time evolve. It is the ongoing circle of life.