MIAMI -- The latest production of Cirque du Soleil, called
"Dralion," is performing in a 2,500-seat tent on Biscayne Bay in
downtown Miami through March 18, prior to a New York metropolitan
area engagement that will start April 4.
premiered in April 1999, is slated to visit 17 U.S. and Canadian
cities during a three-year run. It is the seventh production of the
Montreal-based circus company.
Cirque du Soleil has won more than two dozen artistic awards
worldwide for its dramatic mix of circus arts with inputs from the
worlds of music, dance, stage design, fashion and street
Soleil, the French word for "sun," in the company's name
describes a huge metallic ring at the dome of the tent that serves
as an acrobatic apparatus.
A group of four clowns, who do not wear traditional face
make-up, won laughs from the crowd for antics reminiscent of
slapstick comedy and street entertainment.
"Dralion" features 57 artists, garbed in stunning costumes, from
eight countries -- including a house troupe of 37 Chinese acrobats
-- performing in futuristic sets.
At the debut here, performers were given a standing ovation for
their displays of daring and art. The two hours of acts, not
including an intermission, have such titles as "Aerial Pas de
Deux," "Ballet on Lights," "Hoop Diving" and "Double Trapeze."
After Miami, Dralion will travel to Jersey City, N.J., where the
troupe's trademark blue and yellow big top will be set up in
Liberty State Park for performances beginning April 4. Thereafter,
the troupe will travel to Chicago and Boston for summer
In the fall, performances are set for Philadelphia and Houston.
A Dallas engagement has been set for the winter of 2002.
A major sponsor of the tour is Wyndham Hotels, which offers
packages in the cities where Cirque du Soleil performs. For
details, agents should contact Wyndham's reservations at (800)
WYNDHAM or on the Web at www.wyndham.com.
Tickets for "Dralion" range from $38 to $60 for adults and
$26.75 to $42 for children, taxes included. For students ages 13 to
17 and senior citizens age 65 and above, prices are from $33.75 to
$53.75 on weekdays only. For group reservations of 40 adults or
more, call (800) 450-1480, Ext. 616.
The company also is marketing a Dralion VIP package, priced at
$160 for adults and $112 for children, which includes amenities
such as admission to a tent serving refreshments.