It's not often, when a family-friendly show comes to Atlantic City, but last night Cirque du Soleil Dralion opened at Boardwalk Hall. It's definitely a show worth taking the kids too.
My oldest and I attended the show as guests of Boardwalk Hall and we both loved it. Often I would look over at my son to find his mouth wide open either staring at the performers in amazement or laughing hysterically at the French comic's antics. Everyone in the crowd watched in amazement at the feats the performers were able to do it.
Reasons to see Cirque du Soleil Dralion
- Beautifully-elaborate costumes
- Incredible voices
- From the ceiling to the floor, there is action happening everywhere you look. Performers come down from the ceiling and come up from the floor.
- Performers who are talented, flexible, and incredibly strong
- Music that represents cultures from around the world
- A juggler that astounds with all he can juggle at once
- Trapeze-type and acrobatic performances that amaze. How does that girl hang from a ring by one foot? How is the other able to hold herself and her partner in the air just wrapped in ribbon?
- Trampoline performers who seemed to fly through the air and climb the wall
- 6 girls who thrilled the audience with their efforts to outdo each other juggling and performing with Chinese yo-yos, the diabolo
- Performers who created a 3-level pyramid and then did a round of jump-roping
About Cirque du Soleil Dralion
Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion(pronounced “Dra-lee-on”) 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, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.
In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form. Thus embodied, each element is represented by its own evocative colour: air is blue; water is green; fire is red; earth is ochre. In the world of Dralion, cultures blend, Man and Nature are one, and balance is achieved.
We think your family will enjoy the show but there are some things that as a parent might give you concerns.
What you need to know before bringing your children to Dralion
- While the music is enjoyable it is loud.
- The show is about 2 hours long. There is a 20-minute intermission after the 1st hour. The show began at 7:30 pm and ended about 9:40 pm.
- The dragons come out at a few points during the show. They are colorful. They maybe scary to some children but it is clear that they are performers under the dragon body.
- The second scene after the intermission involves a couple who dance and perform acrobatic movements. Their act tells a romantic story that is beautiful. Their talent is amazing but at times their bodies do become entwined and some parents may feel uncomfortable having the children see that.
- While my son loved the physical comedy of the 3 French comics, I did find their humor to be inapprpriate at times. For example, parts of their act seem to make fun of the male anatomy, involve the comics beating on each other, and at one point ripping off another performer's shirt.
- Spoiler Alert- In the beginning of the show, the 3 comics pull a gentleman from the crowd. He appears to be pressured into a lot of stunts and be the brunt of the comic's abuse. It doesn't become evident till right before intermission that the gentlemen is in fact one of the performers. I share the spoiler so you can let your children know that he is really part of the show.
- Thursday, August 30, 7:30 pm
- Friday, August 31, 7:30 pm
- Saturday, September 1, 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm
- Sunday, September 2, 1 pm & 5 pm
Dralion Ticket Prices
- Adults: from $35 to $80
- Children (12 & under) from $28 to $65
- Military, Seniors & Students: from $31.50 to $67.50.
- Parking at Boardwalk Hall was $15