Night after night, the performers of Cirque Du Soleil’s Dralion perform a selection of gravity-defying acts. But despite performing the same routines, there’s nothing routine about the performance that is rightly thrilling crowds at Doha’s Aspire Dome.
The setting, in the corner of a sports hall, doesn’t exactly help create a ‘magical’ world as you approach it, but it doesn’t take long before you’re fully enthralled by a world-class show with exceptionally talented (and well rehearsed… and flexible…) performers.
Highlights include performers dressed as Chinese dragons balancing precariously on huge balls; an attractive couple who stay airborne high above the stage thanks only to a long piece of silk that they wrap around themselves; and a troupe of trampolinists who seem to have done some deal whereby the usual laws of gravity don’t apply to them (let’s just say that walking up walls next to their trampolines is involved).
A special mention should go to the clowns who manage to hold the attention of a large and varied audience – varied in terms of culture, age and nationality. Somehow they do it, and they do it surprisingly well.
It’s also worth noting the benefit to the overall energy of the night that comes from having a live band and live singers.
The music is great, the lighting is great, the staging is great. There's no 'plot' as such to 'Dralion', just a series of mesmerising acts by world-class performers.
If you haven’t been yet, go. You won’t be disappointed.