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Acrobatic Art: Cirque Du Soleil’s Dralion at Conseco

You’ve seen their amazing feats on television, marveling at the artistry and athleticism of Cirque Du Soleil’s performers. Now be amazed in person as this Canadian performing arts group comes to Indianapolis. Wonder at the talented artists in Cirque Du Soliel’s Dralion at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis downtown August 5 to 7. Tickets to this Indianapolis event range from $28 to $80. The circus has never been better, with Cirque Du Soliel’s Dralion.

Meaning “Circus of the Sun,” Cirque Du Soleil mixes circus entertainment with street entertainment and high art concepts. Based on Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the group was founded in 1984 by two street performers: Guy Laliberte and Daniel Gauthier. Initially touring under the name Les Echassiers, the pair assembled a team of eclectic performers, many of whom would be in Cirque Du Soleil. The show was received well by both critics and audiences, but resulted in financial catastrophe for the troupe. Noting their importance as a cutting edge performance group, the government of Quebec gave them $1.5 million as part of their 450th anniversary celebration of French explorer Jacques Cartier’s discovery of Canada. Laliberte named the show “Le Grand Tour du Cirque du Soleil.” The rest is history.
Since then, Cirque Du Soleil has toured the world with more than two dozen shows, including several permanent engagements in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dralion was first performed in 1999. The show combines elements of traditional Chinese circus with Western contemporary circus. In this “East meets West” theme, the overarching image and title of the show, Dralion, is a blend of “dragon” representing the east and “lion” representing the east. It is Cirque’s 12th touring production.
In the performance, each element of the nature is represented by a different color and character. Azala, the goddess of air, wears blue. Gaya, the goddess of earth, wears ochre. Oceane, the goddess of water, is adorned in green. And Yao, the god of fire, wears red. Eleven acts take audiences through an interpretation of the how man and nature can live in harmony and peace. Dralion blends cultures, creating balance and harmony for performers and audiences. Acts include aerial hoop, aerial pas de deux, bamboo poles, chairs, dralions, hoop diving, juggling, medusa, single hand-balancing, skipping ropes and trampoline.

Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis performing arts event. Head to Conseco Fieldhouse for performances on Friday, August 5 at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm; Saturday, August 6 at 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm and Sunday, August 7 at 1 pm and 5 pm. Before this Indianapolis theater event, treat yourself to a scrumptious dinner at any of these Indianapolis restaurants. Afterward, go for drinks at any of these Indianapolis bars.

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Cirque Du Soleil’s Dralion
Friday, August 5 to Sunday, August 7

Various Times
Website

Conseco Fieldhouse
125 North Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, IN
317.917.2727

Mike Woods