by Andrew Crisp
Cirque du Soleil recently announced it will return to Boise for seven performances full of gymnastics, dance and the troupe's requisite colorful costumes, from Thursday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 14.
Cirque Du Soleil's touring show, Dralion, was choreographed with inspiration from ancient Chinese acrobatics and includes 52 hoop-divers, contortionists, musicians, acrobats, gymnasts and comedic characters.
According to a press release: "The name Dralion (pronounced drah-lee-on) is drawn from its two main symbols: the dragon, representing the East, and the lion, representing the West. Dralion derives much of its inspiration from Eastern philosophy with its perpetual quest for harmony between humankind and nature."
Dralion's performers come swathed in vibrant colors, each denoting one of the four elements: air, water, earth and fire. More than 16,000 feet of fabric were used in crafting the costumes and more than 300 pairs of shoes are cleaned and painted by hand every week.
The production requires a stage 60 feet wide and 26 feet tall, aqnd will be staged in the Taco Bell Arena.