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Cirque du Soleil comes to A&M

‘Dralion’ combines culture, art and tradition

Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07



More than 8 million people worldwide have seen Dralion since its premiere in 1999.

East will meet West, complete with acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic entertainment, when Dralion premieres.

Dralion is a product of world-renowned artistic entertainment company, Cirque du Soleil. It is the first time Cirque du Soleil is coming to College Station in its almost 30-year history.

More than 8 million people worldwide have seen Dralion since its premiere in 1999.

"To see Dralion is a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Vanessa Napoli, assistant public relations manager for Cirque du Soleil.

Cirque du Soleil, in a press release, said Dralion is a "fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil. It derives much of its inspiration from Eastern philosophy with its perpetual quest for harmony between humankind and nature."

Dralion derives its name from the symbols associated with the East and West. The dragon represents the East while the lion represents the West. The fusion of the two is Dralion.

"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 color: 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," Cirque du Soleil's website said.

Cirque du Soleil is often recognized for its music and elaborate costume design.

Napoli said that Dralion's music was inspired by a variety of sounds, most notably influences from India, Africa and Andalusia.

"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 artists' movements and choreography," Cirque du Soleil's website said.

Cirque du Soleil normally hires 60 to 80 people locally to help with the show.

Napoli said Cirque du Soleil is excited to come to College Station. Cirque du Soleil recently acquired an arena permit which allows it to travel to more suburban areas. Traditionally, Cirque du Soleil would only hold performances under the big top, but now it's able to expand its reach and visit smaller markets.

 "The arena format permits us to drop the price and make it affordable. We are also able to provide student discounts and children discounts to allow the entire family to attend," Napoli said.

The show is adapted to people of all ages, and families are encouraged to attend.

Dralion will be performed March 21-25 at Reed Arena for seven performances.

Tickets are currently on sale. Purchase tickets at the box office, online on Cirque du Soleil's website,, or call 1-888-99-AGGIE (24443).


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