Instead of even trying to do it justice, Cirque du Soleil, Dralion is best described by its website description:
“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.”
The show was incredible – if you’ve never been to a Cirque du Soleil show it is as impressive a display of human acrobatics that I could ever imagine seeing. We loved the fusion of east and west and the dragon representing the east melded well with Grace’s Chinese Culture camp she attended earlier this summer. Grace even recognized a few of the Chinese symbols emblazoned on the curtains during the show. The girls were engaged during the entire show and they were enthralled by the beauty and the artistry.
What did we learn? We learned that Cirque du Soleil means “Circus of the Sun” and, even though it seems eastern to us, it is actually a production of a Canadian company. We also learned about balance and harmony and we talked about the implementation of these concepts, along with color, as they apply to art to tell us a story. Finally, we discussed what it takes to perform in such a show: opportunity, hard work, dedication, determination and focus.
Our favorite acts were the trampoline and the juggling because the trampoline looked awesomely fun and the juggling was just simply amazing.
Time Spent: ~4 hours, including dinner
Cost: ~$250, including dinner in downtown Baltimore (and we even purchased the “cheap seats”)