Monday, July 25

Cirque du Soleil: Dralion


Cirque du Soleil: Dralion (Drah-lee-on) receives its inspiration from Eastern philosophy of harmony between humankind and nature. Its name is derived from two symbols representing the East and West: the dragon and the lion.
Having seen three Cirque du Soleil performances, (Saltimbaco, Jungle Fantasy and Alegria) I am consistently impressed with the variety, the quality and the creativity of each show. When I was approached to interview the artistic director, Sean McKeown, of upcoming Indianapolis performance of Dralion, I agreed immediately.

Here's part of our Q&A:

GG: What is Dralion?
SM: It is based on East/West circus cultures with 3000 years of acrobatic traditions merged with avante-garde Cirque du Soleil style.

GG: How long have you been with Cirque du Soleil?
SM: Ten years.

GG: What is your artistic background?
SM: I was a pantomime, a flutist in a children's symphonic orchestra, an actor, comedian and tapdancer. I worked 10 years with a media company and directed at a drama school. I have worked with Cirque for 10 years, as a general stage manager and now artistic director.

GG: What do you believe connects the audience to Cirque shows?
SM: Extraordinary acrobats dressed in extraordinary costumes presenting hopes and dreams with a "wow" factor.

 Dralion can be seen for eight performances at Conseco Fieldhous, August 3-7. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters.
Show Schedule (August 3 - 7, 2011)

Wednesday, August 3 at 7:30pm
Thursday, August 4 at 7:30pm
Friday, August 5 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm
Saturday, August 6 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, August 7 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm

Category 1, 2, 3 · Adults: $35 to $80 Children (12 & under): $28 to $65 ·
Military, Seniors & Students: $31.50 to $67.50
For show and ticket information:

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

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