Selection Reminder: Cirque du Soleil's Dralion!



Photo by Daniel Desmarais
  • Photo by Daniel Desmarais
Through Sept. 25Dralion As if we could tire of our resident Downtown Disney Cirque du Soleil show, the vibrantly eccentric La Nouba, this week the globally recognized performance troupe brings us the touring production Dralion. The show’s blend of Chinese cultural traditions and acrobatics incorporates naturist themes, personifying symbolic animal characters of the dragon and lion with ornately designed tribal garb. Gravitating forces within Dralion, the four elements – air, earth, water, fire – come to life onstage, taking the form of languid dance movements, hand-balancing acts and aerial acrobatic displays. We suggest keeping an eye out for the aerial pas de deux. It’s a dreamy dance sequence between two blue performers stretching every which way while hanging above the stage along a drape of cloth. One-half of the pair so happens to be Orlando’s own Amanda Orozco, and that alone gives us reason enough to consider Dralion a not-to-be-missed experience. – Aimee Shea (various show times through Sept. 25 at UCF Arena, University of Central Florida; $35-$95; 800-745-3000;