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Cirque breathes new life into Dralion

Acrobatic show will fly around the Rose Garden in mid-June
by: Courtesy of Daniel Desmarais 
“Dralion” fuses the 3,000-year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with Cirque du Soleil’s unique multidisciplinary approach, with a stop at the Rose Garden June 15-19.

Coming off a successful run of 'Kooza' last year in Portland, Cirque du Soleil returns to the Rose City with another of its famous shows in June.

'Dralion' will be at the Rose Garden for eight performances, June 15 to 19. Tickets are available online at cirquedusoleil.com/dralion, or by calling 1-877-789-7673.

'Dralion' is a fusion of 3,000-year-old, ancient Chinese circus traditions and the avant-garde style of Cirque du Soleil. It premiered in 1999, and has drawn more than 8 million fans during the years.

The cast features 52 world-class acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters.

The name 'Dralion' is drawn from two symbols: the dragon, representing the East, and the lion, representing the West. 'Dralion' derives much of its inspiration from Eastern philosophy with its perpetual quest for harmony between humans and nature. In the show, the four elements governing the natural order take on human form, each by its own evocative color: air is blue, water is green, fire is red and earth is ochre. Cultures blend in 'Dralion,' and man and nature are one, balance achieved.

World famous Cirque du Soleil has been to Portland several times, including last year with 'Kooza' under the Grand Chapiteau, but only once has it been featured at the Rose Garden: 2006 with 'Delirium.'

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, June 15 and 16; 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18; and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, June 19.

Tickets range from $40 to $85 for adults, $39 to $69 for children 12 and younger, and $36 to $72 for military personnel, seniors and students.

- Jason Vondersmith