WANT TO GO?
Cirque du Soleil presents "Dralion."
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday.
TICKETS: From $30 to $145
INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.charlestonwvciviccenter.comCHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One thing about Cirque du Soleil's"Dralion" coming to the Civic Center this week, PETA won't be out front of the mall staging a protest. They won't be handing out leaflets complaining about the circus's treatment of the animals.
Dralion company manager Michael Veillieux laughed and said they were very lucky.
"When I became company manager, I used to joke that we don't have animals. Our animals are our artists." He added, "In that sense, we're very lucky. We don't have to deal with any of that."
At long last, the Canadian reinvention of the traditional circus featuring no animals but dozens of acrobats, clowns, contortionists, jugglers and aerial acts, comes to West Virginia.
Cirque du Soleil has been around for decades. Founded in 1984 by Guy Laliberte and Gilles Ste-Croix, a couple of street performers, in French speaking Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, the show has grown from humble beginnings to a worldwide enterprise with several full-scale touring shows, a couple of theater shows and two lounges in Las Vegas.
This contemporary circus or cirque is a huge operation with each of the touring shows often employing more than 100 people.
Veillieux said "Dralion," the show in West Virginia, is a blending of contemporary western-style acrobatics with Asian influences.
He said, "Our show is East meets West. It's the dragon and the lion --together."
But what to expect?