|Updated: 12/14/2011 11:20 am
||Published: 12/13/2011 5:49 pm
Cirque Du Soleil Dralion is in town for a two night performance. The theme of the show mixes the dragon and lion symbols to represent east meeting west.
A lot of work goes in behind the scenes of the traveling show to create such an elaborate production. Before the doors open and thousands of people take their seats at Verizon Arena, performers warm up and get ready for the show. The acrobatic performers transform the arena into a mystical world. Cirque Du Soleil Dralion is so popular the show is almost sold out.
James Santos is the assistant artistic director, and says, "The audience will see normal people doing amazing things like jumping or falling from a 26 foot wall, or flying around the air in circles. I think the experience of that alone is amazing and why people love Cirque du Soleil shows like Dralion."
High energy entertainers put the final touches on their act during practice, making sure every move is perfect for the audience who expect the show to be a sensory explosion. Santos says, "Everything from the lights, costumes, the colors to the music, the live musicians is an experience. You can't beat live theater, and this truly is the best version of it."
Dralion is like a travelling city with hundreds of people behind the curtain making sure the show goes on. It takes 10 hours to set up and 18 semi-trucks to haul the show around. Julie Desmarais is the publicist on tour, and says, "There are 2 semi-trucks just for costumes. We have about 1500 costumes representing the elements water, fire, air, and earth, and each element is represented by a color reflected in the costumes."
Cirque du Soleil Dralion takes the stage December 13th and 14th at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Verizon Arena Box Office and range from $30-$70. Kids 12 and under are slightly cheaper, and discounts are available for members of the military, seniors, and students.