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Cirque du Soleil Brings Dralion to Taco Bell Arena

Thursday, Oct. 11-Sunday, Oct. 14


Those venturing down Broadway Avenue may witness a flurry of 18-wheelers huddling near Taco Bell Arena--18 trucks will haul the elaborate, handmade costumes and 26-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide metallic set to the space for Cirque du Soleil's performance of Dralion. The East-meets-West, humans-and-nature themed show will have a seven-performance run at Taco Bell Arena Thursday, Oct. 11-Sunday, Oct. 14.

More than 100 people tour the country as performers and support staff for the show.

"It's like a little city unto itself," said Aneka Rao, public relations advisor for Cirque du Soleil.

According to Rao, of the approximately 50 performers in the show, nearly half are from China and perform traditional Chinese acrobatics. The tie to nature can be seen in the elements of air, water, fire and earth symbolized by color.

The set "looks like a futuristic Chinese temple or medieval armor. It's very imposing," Rao said.

The show made its debut in 1999 and has been touring relentlessly. Although it is one of the Canadian entertainment company's earlier shows, it hasn't stagnated.

"All the shows evolve. ... [Dralion] has been around for quite a long time, so it is different now than when it premiered. Everything changes--choreography changes as different artists come and different artists leave, the costumes get updated, the makeup gets updated, it's always, always evolving. So if you see it this year, it may be very different next year."

Tickets to Dralion are available through the Cirque du Soleil website, at or by calling 208-426-1766.