So much of Cirque du Soleil’s appeal rests on the synthesis of multiple disciplines, seemingly disparate styles and variant philosophies. That’s how you end up with Dralion, a show as well as a creature bringing together the ends of the earth in a display of artistry and acrobatics.
As part of Cirque’s ever-expanding repertory of circus presentations, Dralion is the 12th touring production to feature performers doing everything from juggling to aerial dance to tumbling feats. Here, a creature that is part dragon, representative of the East, and part lion, representative of the West (Dralion), stands for the fusion of circus styles that includes clowns sharing a stage with Chinese acrobatic arts that have been honed over 3,000 years.
Traditions of thought are also at play as the four elements of nature are embodied, as humans from the ends of the globe in the parade of spectacle that is characteristic of the Cirque brand. And spectacle is why audiences will go to Dralion – for the tense action and wonderment of watching logic and sometimes death defying stunts always done beautifully and magically. As always, you never know what will happen next, which is a promise we hope Cirque will always be able to keep. How is that for a holiday surprise?
Dralion plays Tulsa’s BOK Center from Dec. 12-16. There will be seven shows scheduled there before it moves to the Chesapeake Energy Arena for another seven performances Dec. 19-23 in Oklahoma City.
Tickets for the Tulsa shows are $37-$147 and are available online at www.bokcenter.com. OKC show tickets are $35-$145, available at www.chesapeakearena.com.