Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Dralion’ in town for the first time through Sept. 2 at Boardwalk Hall.
“Age is just a number,” she says. “It depends what you do with your life. I’m surrounded by younger people in great shape, so it’s very much an incentive to keep in shape as well, and to be light and bright and always on the go. It’s how you see life and what you want to do with it, and my temperament is to be a happy person. I love life and am privileged and thank the universe every day for the voice I have, for the job I’m doing, for the people I’m surrounded by, for the beauty in the world. It doesn’t mean that I cannot feel sadness and pain from time to time, but in general I’m very happy.
“I’ve always sang my entire life, since I was a very tiny little person,” she adds. “I studied music and went to university in Montreal and have a bachelors degree in music, and was a backup singer for 15 years in Montreal before joining the circus in 1999. And I’m still only 29.”
Aerial Hoop - Hibana — An exotic aerial ballet in which an artist is suspended from a hoop high above the stage, and the hoop and body become one in a dance of acrobatic precision.
Aerial Pas de Deux — An aerial dance in which an intertwined couple flies over the stage in a long band of blue cloth. Within the cloth, they perform various acrobatic figures demanding great feats of strength and flexibility.
Bamboo Poles — Six men balance long decorative poles symbolizing fire. A traditional act of the Chinese acrobatic arts, the performers keep the poles in flight overhead while performing acrobatic feats on the ground.
Chairs — An artist delicately stacks chairs to create a tower on which to perform a balancing act that displays the human body at the very peak of condition and muscular control.
Diabolo — The diabolo, or Chinese yo-yo, is a children’s game that involves holding two sticks linked by a string while sliding, juggling and tossing a wooden spool. Artists attempt to outdo each other in dexterity and ingenuity with increasingly difficult maneuvers.
Dralions — In a dynamic and energetic tumbling sequence, the artists perform acrobatic moves while balancing on large wooden balls as the dralion characters (representing the Chinese dragon and lion) surround them with a spirited dance.
Hoop Diving — The hoop-diving act takes on a tribal flavor from the African-influenced music to which it is performed. Derived from Chinese acrobatic tradition, 10 male artists dive and throw themselves like arrows through small wooden hoops stacked on top of each other, some stationary and some rotating.
Juggling — An artist incorporates a fast-paced performance with hints of modern dance, juggling up to seven balls simultaneously with stylized choreography and incredible flexibility.
'Dralion' is a very curious show. It uses the symbolism of the four elements (earth, fire, wind, and water) to tell a story of balance and harmony. Each act of the show represents one of these elements as they blend one into the other, creating a dazzling display that leaves the viewers in awe.
When Don Marrandino, president of Caesars Entertainment’s four Atlantic City properties, asked the Osmonds to bring some of the elements of that show to Atlantic City, Donny was initially hesitant.
The ACA initially had 50,000 magnets printed in multiple colors and given away at select spots like its Boardwalk and AC Expressway visitors centers, the Atlantic City Free Public Library, the Atlantic Avenue county office building and at select community centers. It blew through the first batch, had a second order of 30,000 printed up, and recently put in a third order when the second got gobbled up like 5 ½-inch round magnetized hotcakes.
Following the July 4 “Red, White and Blue Celebration Concert” at Kennedy Plaza on Wednesday (starting 7:30pm on the A.C. Boardwalk, adjacent to Boardwalk Hall), and following the fireworks display after the concert, the Atlantic City Alliance (ACA) will debut a 3-D sound and light-projection show that will illuminate the façade of Boardwalk Hall.
A comprehensive listing of entertainment coming to the Atlantic City casinos, Boardwalk Hall and Bader Field.
There have been numerous shows with the “cirque” moniker that have played in Atlantic City over the past decade. If we were talking in baseball terms, Cirque du Soleil is the major leagues and the rest are minor league affiliates.
It has been several years since Boardwalk Hall hosted a production by Cirque du Soleil. The critically acclaimed Cirque du Soleil production Alegría will arrive at Boardwalk Hall from April 6-10 for eight performances. Advance discounted tickets for Alegría are available now online exclusively to Cirque Club members through Dec. 5. Cirque Club membership is free and benefits include access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind the scenes information. To join, go to the Cirque Web site. Tickets for the general public will be available starting Dec. 6 at the Cirque Web site, all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling Ticketmaster, 1-800-736-1420. Alegría has entertained more than 10 million people worldwide since its world premiere in Montreal in 1994. In May 2009. Tickets range for adults $35 to $110; children (12 & under) from $28 to $90; military, seniors and students from $30.10 to $100. Through Dec. 5 only, special discounts on tickets are available online to Cirque Club members. The show will be presented on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30pm; Thursday, April 7 at 7:30pm; Friday, April 8 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm; Saturday, April 9 at 3:30pm and 7:30pm and Sunday, April 10 at 1pm and 5pm....
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