• Daniel Desmarais, courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil’s “Dralion”— a synthesis of Arabic music, eastern pageantry and western circus tropes — has been touring on and off for 14 years, making it one of the oldest shows among Cirque’s current repertoire. At its premise, “Dralion” embodies the four elements: earth, air, fire and water. Characters include Gaya, an African dancer-cum-earth goddess; Kaya, an Atlas-figure who shoulders a giant silver globe; and Little Buddah the chosen child, perhaps representing all stewards of the earth. The symbolism is murky, but the individual acts are stunning.