Yes, it was this evening and what a wonderful spectacle. But I'll start at the beginning.
The actual show started at 5 pm, but as we were booked for "Tapis Rouge" (Red Carpet), we had to be there at four for drinks and nibbles, which was very nice. There would have been about 30 of us...yes, quite exclusive. The finger food included little Vietnamese vegetable parcels in rice paper, pork dumplings, small savouries with chicken, smoked salmon and cream cheese, goats cheese and beetroot, and there were also mini pizzas...there was plenty of everything. I had white wine but Margaret (my friend who came with me) had champagne. There were souvenirs on sale so we had a wander round and looked at those. I rather thought I'd like a mug as a memento, but decided to get it after the show.
We were all given passes to wear around our necks which admitted us to the Tapis Rouge tent and to our seating area. While we were sitting and having our finger food and wine, we were also given a booklet of photos, cast list and so on as a keepsake. Finally, we were given the nod to make our way towards "Le Grande Chapiteau" (The Big Tent). Our seats were front row, right in the centre. First class seats. The pre-show entertainment started with mad Italian clowns. And they were crazy...no one can do crazy like the Italians...only one of the clowns was a Brisbane-ite, Hayden Spencer. They ran amongst the audience creating havoc and causing fits of laughter. They weren't dressed as traditional clowns, rather, in ordinary clothes that had been redesigned, for wont of a better word, but it really couldn't be called sartorial elegance.
Anyway, the Spencer Hayden character ran along a row of the audience about eight up from us. He had something in his hand, which we couldn't see. The next thing, he took off along the row and there was a ripping sound as he went...he had run a length of tape along the people in that row, at about chest height, effectively taping them to their seats. After more mayhem and mishaps from the crazy Italians (and one Australian), the lights dimmed, the music started and the show began.
Where do I start? It was an absolute spectacle, in the fullest sense of the word. The costumes were incredible and so colourful. The feats those talented acrobats and aerialists performed were jaw dropping and I couldn't help wondering how many hours a day for how many weeks, months and years they had trained. As for the music...words fail me. No prerecording or miming here...it was all live, the orchestra and the singers, and was out of this world (I think I'm running out of superlatives).
So...what's it about? Here is a small excerpt from their website:
Dralion is the 5th Cirque du Soleil to visit Brisbane. It is a celebration of the four elements that maintain the natural order: air, water, fire and earth.
Bearing the unmistakable avant-garde signature of Cirque du Soleil and featuring a total of 65 artists from 14 countries, Dralion will define new heights of acrobatic creativity with its unique and exciting acts.
Of course the crazy and colourful clowns also return, adding more than a touch of madness and audience interaction.
This photo is one of the four Ceremonial Lions that are in the show (this and the following picture courtesy of C du S website).
Below is something you are likely to see...and it's just one of the amazing feats the talented artists perform.
At half time, we went back to the Tapis Rouge tent for more nibbles and drink. We both decided to have tiramisu...and it was soooo delicious. Margaret had coffee and I had a glass of wine. As we made our way back to the show, we were given a CD of the show's music. Both of us were quite thrilled with that.