Dralion Pas de Deux
If seeing is believing, than those who had the unique opportunity to witness the latest Cirque du Soleil show to hit NE Ohio, are still in disbelief.
For seven nights , at Cleveland’s Wolstein Center, the performers of Dralion, attempted to show the delicate balance between the elements of earth, air, water and fire, and they delivered on all fronts and did it with a harmony only a Cirque performance could elaborate.
From the vaudevillian clowns who punctuated the show with slapstick and madcap mayhem, to the interweaving of African, Chinese and Indian music and costumes, Dralion translated a universal concept of harmony that eludes the real world if only for 120 minutes on this electrified stage.
Sheer artistic and athletic perfection abound as 50 international performers defied logic and gravity, and showcased the farthest reaches of human skills of balance and motion. The show set itself apart from even other recent Cirque shows that have graced local stages with a pure synergy not seen before.
The two vocalists who sung throughout the evening’s festivities and the accompanying sextet of musicians worked their way through an eclectic and diverse set of numbers that seem to really lock in the international flavor of this show. It was easy to see why the Dralion soundtrack was selling briskly at the intermission.
Highlights of the night came in waves. From the unique ball and yo-yo juggling acts, hand balancing, aerial hoop gymnastics, hoop diving and bamboo pole balancing, there was no shortage of jaw-dropping performer action and crowd reaction.
Tops on the night were the romantic high-wire act of an intertwined couple suspended in mid air only by stretching blue bands. The male and female duo performed their pas de deux, as music and lighting played off their undulating flying aerial dance.
The performances crescendoed into the evening’s most mind-blowing act of unified rope-jumping. As a team of acrobats somersaulted its way through a series of long skipping ropes, a few at a time and the several at a time, with the finale being a human pyramid of 12 acrobatic artists moving as one up and down over the skipping ropes.
One can see after this show why seven million people the world over have enjoyed it since 1999. Then again, Cirque du Soleil doesn’t stop delivering until the entire audience is left not just entertained, but spellbound.