Cirque du Soleil will return to South Africa with Dralion, performing from March 5 to 10 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest. Since its debut in 1999, Dralion has wowed over 2.5 million people worldwide.
Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced “Dra-lee-on”) 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.
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5000 employees, including more than 1300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.
* Tickets range in price from R330 to R495 per ticket.
Tickets for the general public will be available nationwide starting Tuesday, November 20 at www.bigconcerts.co.za and Computicket.
For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.