Only days before the much-awaited Cirque du Soleil production, Dralion, kicks off on Thursday 19 September 2013, Marhaba gets a glimpse into the ‘behind the scenes’ of Dralion.

To meet public demand, Cirque du Soleil is holding six additional shows to Dralion between 26 and 28 September, after their opening performance on Thursday 19 September 2013. Performance on 27 and 28 September 2013 are at 4 pm and 7:30 pm, while the opening weekend shows are at 6 pm and 9:30 pm.

Dralion is a signature Cirque du Soleil production acclaimed by more than seven million people worldwide since it premiered in 1999 in Montreal, Canada. After many years performing under the big top, Dralion will now be presented in arenas around the world, with the same quality performance. Fusing the 3,000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolising the East, and the lion, symbolising the West.

Cirque du Soleil makes its way to Doha, Qatar for a second time. In 2012, Cirque du Soleil presents its first production in Qatar, Saltimbanco, which won ‘Favourite Event’ at DIFAYA, Qatar Choice Awards 2012. Cirque du Soleil which means ‘Circus of the Sun’, is a Canadian entertainment company, self-described as a ‘dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment.’ Based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and located in the inner-city area of Saint-Michel, it was founded in Baie-Saint-Paul in 1984 by two former street performers, Guy Laliberté and Gilles Ste-Croix.

The most interesting act we’ve witnessed is Jonathan Morin’s act. We got to watch him rehearse, and all we can say is he’s a must-see act. He developed the crossed wheel ‘act’ himself, and is constantly pushing himself to move in different ways with it. In his crossed wheel, Morin spins, perpendicular, parallel and at various angles to the stage’s surface in metal hoops that is made of two large metal connected so one is at a 90-degree angle from the other. He moves about inside it, atop it, dismounts from it, lifts it and much more.

Quick fun facts:

  • Over 100 people have arrived to Qatar as part of the Cirque du Soleil team, representing 17 different nationalities including Canada, UK, US, Russia, China and much more
  • Over 50 of the world’s most talented artists are in Qatar as part of the Dralion production
  • The wardrobe team is composed of approximately four people who handle over 58 road cases with some over 3,000 pieces of costumes
  • The equipment arrived from France and our technical crew will ship the equipment in 27 containers
  • It’s taking some 18 local stage-ins to help Cirque du Soleil load the equipment

Ticket prices are available on Cirque du Soleil’s website (link available below) from QR250 to QR2,000. Tickets are also available at Cirque du Soleil’s booths at Landmark Mall, Lagoona Mall, City Center Mall, W Hotel, Aspire Dome.

Marhaba’s readers get 10% discount on Dralion’s online tickets. When buying your ticket, type in MARHABA as the coupon code and get 10% off.

A limited number of Premium and Front Row tickets are also available for all performances. Exclusive tickets offer for Dralion are available now online to Cirque Club members. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits includes access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to Cirque Club’s website.

For more information, visit Cirque du Soleil’s website or read Marhaba’s blog post Cirque du Soleil Presents Dralion in Doha, Qatar.