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Cirque du Soleil's Dralion Dazzles Audience At Don Haskins Center

POSTED: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 6:29pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 8:02pm

EL PASO - One of the most well-known traveling shows in the world is performing at the Don Haskins Center. Dralion, one of Cirque du Soleil's signature shows, has been captivating audiences for more than a decade and for the first time it's here in the Borderland. NewsChannel 9 Tonight's Oralia Ortega got a chance to go backstage to see what makes this show so popular.

From beginning to end, Cirque du Soleil's Dralion, is filled with gravity-defying stunts and performers in colorful costumes.

"The name was drawn by two main symbols. The dragon representing the East and the lion representing the West," said Dralion's touring publicist Julie Desmarais.

Just before the opening show, we had a chance to see some of the performers polishing their moves. The show is about harmony, about blending ancient, traditional Chinese acrobatics with Cirque du Soleil's avant-garde style.

The show's touring publicist says it's different from the last Cirque du Soleil show that came through here, "Alegria."

"Dralion is a whole different departure from Alegria that came last year. You can expect a lot of colors, amazing acrobatics, and just a great night," said Desmarais.

Dralion, which debuted in 1999, has toured all over the world. And no matter where they go the reaction is the same.

"There's a lot of wows that we hear. People get out of the venue after the show and they're very smiley. We try to bring to them a new experience and something out of their daily routine and Dralion succeeds in that," said Desmarais.

The crew is excited to finally make Dralion to our area and have the audience experience what millions all over the world have.

"We've been on tour in North America for a year and a half now and we've been to 45 different cities. It's our first time in El Paso. We're very excited," said Desmarais.

Besides the performer's amazing acrobatics, there's also some comedic relief. "You can share a few laughs with out clowns who will interact with you in the evening and there's a great band that performs music live," said Desmarais.

And no matter what age, Dralion promises to deliver something for everyone.

"Whether you're three years old or 90 years old, you will find something for you," said Desmarais.

Dralion is playing at the Don Haskins Center Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. You can get them at ticketmaster.com or at the University Ticket Center. Tickets start at $35.

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