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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: DRALION (article first published : 2001-12-19)

At 19h00 Christmas Day (December 25), M-Net presents Cirque du Soleil:Dralion. This is an internationally celebrated circus/theatre company whose trademarks are no animal acts and a heightened aesthetic quality. The show is as beautiful as it is exciting with each work having a specific theme and the extraordinarily talented performers who are recruited worldwide.

Based in Montreal, Cirque de Soleil was founded in 1984, when a group of street performers achieved 50 shows on tour in 11 cities in Quebec as part of the 450th anniversary of Jacques Cartier's landing. Dralion is the fusion of ancient Chinese circus tradition and the avant-garde approach of Cirque du Soleil. It's a celebration of life, with costumes that come straight out of the cinema fantastique.

The set is breathtakingly futuristic; an immense technological sculpture whose every component serves as an accessory to the acrobats throughout the show. The costumes, created exclusively for Dralion, are in four colours representing the elements.

Dralion features 56 artists from eight different countries including a house troupe of 37 Chinese acrobats. The multi-talented performers present a variety of high calibre acts, all specially created for Dralion. Of course, clowns appear throughout the show adding more than a touch of madness.




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