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Cirque Du Soleil back by popular demand



Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JANUARY 6, 2005, sees the return to the Royal Albert Hall, of the hugely popular Cirque Du Soleil, with a brand new spectacle, entitled Dralion.

For the eighth successive year, they will perform in the inimitable style that has so delighted audiences in productions such as Saltimbanco, Alegria and Quidam, all at the same venue.

This will be Dralion's first showing outside America and combines their hallmark blend of acrobatics, exotic storylines and stunning visual effects with the magic of Chinese circus.

So expect, among other things, foot juggling and trapeze artistry.

In exploring the four essential elements of life - Earth, Air, Fire and Water - Dralion becomes a feast for ears and eyes alike.

The set, a platform for the performers, is a huge, towering, technological sculpture, every part of which is crucial to the performance.

Costumes are as dazzling as you would expect; the music borrowed from cultures as diverse as Asian, African and Spanish.

And reflecting the cosmopolitan mood, are the 55 artists themselves, who hail from a total of ten countries - Africa, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Russia, Ukraine, the UK and the USA.

Dralion is most definitely a must for a post-Christmas treat.

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