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