Known for its stunning blend of high-quality entertainment, Cirque du Soleil's more than 20 signature productions have traveled across the globe this year entertaining close to 15 million people. Now, it's Oklahoma's turn to experience “Dralion,” a spectacular that unites the 3,000-year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatics arts with the multidisciplinary approach of the “Circus of the Sun.”
“Dralion” continues performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the BOK Center in Tulsa. Performances in Tulsa continue on Saturday and Sunday.
Seven more performances are set in Oklahoma City from Wednesday to Dec. 23 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Billed as a harmonious blend of Eastern and Western acrobatic prowess, “Dralion” was inspired by Eastern philosophy and the endless desire for harmony between nature and humankind.
Even the show's name is a mix of the word “dragon” representing the East and “lion” symbolizing the West.
Throughout the show, the four elements that rule the natural order are portrayed in human form and are distinguished by different colors — water is green, air is blue, fire is red and the earth is ocher. Highlights will include many of the astounding feats of skill for which Cirque du Soleil is so well-known, including aerial dancing, juggling and performers scaling a 26-foot-high metallic wall.
Hiroi Tokuma, one of “Dralion's” trampoline aerialists, will perform in a group of five artists, with the male performers representing fire and the females characterizing water. A former competitive trampoline athlete who competed for Japan from 1994 to 2007 in the world championships, Tokuma is representative of the 54 performance artists from 16 countries who make up the cast.
“When I was small, my mom took me to gymnastics and I chose to trampoline,” Tokuma said. “It was fun because you could go higher with the springs. When I was competing at the Japanese Nationals, someone came to see me from Cirque du Soleil and told me to send in a (demo) video, and I later trained with Cirque du Soleil in Montreal, Canada.”
Dralion's story is easy to understand and a good show for the entire family, she said.
Cirque du Soleil publicist Julie Desmarais describes the production as a colorful and high-level fusion of energy, outstanding acrobatics and world-class performers.
“We have tested our audiences from with a 3-year-old to an 89-year-old and they all had a very good time,” Desmarais said.
If you go
Cirque du Soleil — Dralion
Cirque du Soleil — Dralion is at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno, for seven shows:
• 7:30 p.m. Thursday
• 7:30 p.m. Dec 21
• 3:30 p.m. Dec. 22
• 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22
• 1 p.m. Dec 23
• 5 p.m. Dec 23