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Cirque du Soleil

Seville, 12 January 2006

A visit to the Cirque du Soleil performance of Dralion.

Le Grand Chapiteau at Charco de la Pava, behind the Guadalquivir river. This year's location is a bit far from the city center because the construction work for the Metro is occupying the usual Feria de Abril location.

Cirque du Soleil is a company based in Montreal, Canada. They have several shows on tour all over the world. Two years ago the Saltimbanco show visited Seville. This year they are in Seville with Dralion. The concept tries a fusion between the oriental ("DRAgon") and occidental ("LION") culture.

We have been invited for the premiere on January 17th. Jeff and Granada are trying to enter through the VIP entrance. He spotted the waiter with the champagne glasses in the background. No success, though.

... So we enter through the regular entrance into the reception area.

Circus accessories are for sale. Clown noses are only 4 Euros! We tried, but could not convince Markus to wear one during the performance.

The prices for food and drinks are a bit steep.

We take our seats, and the show begins.

The show of Cirque du Soleil is different from any other circus. More like theatre, without a clear division between the acts. Every detail is part of the artistic design. Even the music, performed by an orchestra and two singers, has been composed for the show.

A large proportion of the artists are Chinese, presenting elements of the traditional Chinese circus.

Their counterpart are the clowns, making several appearances throughout the show, and even taking part in some of the more serious acts.

The end of a wonderful evening. We have difficulties getting up from our seats and returning to the real world. Saltimbanco, the tour from two years ago, had tremendous success in Seville, so many people want to repeat with this year's show. Most of the performances were sold out weeks ago.

Watch a video clip at the official website:

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