I have wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil show for many years, but have never had the opportunity to go. I recently found out that one of their shows, Dralion, is going to performing at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall 8/29 to 9/2/12. I live about an hour away from AC, so I am absolutely ecstatic that I can finally see a show in person! (showtimes and ticket information are at the end of the post)
Dralion is just one of Cirque du Soleil's twenty-one unique productions being shown around the world. Since it's premiere in 1999, over 7 million people worldwide have witnessed this spectacular show that blends Eastern and Western influences.
Fusing the 3,000 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.
|Oceane, a goddess of Water.|
Dralion features 50 international acrobats, gymnasts, musicians and singers. It soars to new heights as it defies the laws of nature in almost a dozen incredible acts that include: aerial hoops, handbalancing, juggling and many more. I'm most excited to the the Dralions (pictured above)! You can click here to see all the acts.
|The "Medusa" act|
Another thing to mention is the music. You can't have a great show without great music. Dralion doesn't use a pre-recorded score, all the music is performed live along with the show! The band is composed of six musicians and two singers. Together, they blend Eastern and Western sounds to create rhythmic and lyrical motifs that draw inspiration from classic Indian melodies, as well as Andalusia, Africa and Central and Western Europe.
As mentioned, you can experience Dralion yourself at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. You'll only have seven opportunities to see the show, so if you're interested, I'd buy tickets asap while you still can! You can purchase tickets from the Cirque du Soleil site or Ticketmaster.
Show Schedule (August 29 –September 2, 2012):
- Wednesday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, August 30 at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, September 1 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, September 2 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- Adults: From $35 to $80
- Children (12 & under): From $28 to $65
- Military, Seniors & Students: From $31.50 to $67.50