Cirque Du Soleil comes to the Taco Bell Arena
How the Cirque performers are kept healthy in a risky performance. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
The world's four natural elements are joining forces at the taco bell arena to create an experience like no other. It's the new Cirque Du Soliel show called "Dralion", which kicks off Thursday.
It's a perilous performance requiring a crew of trainers to keep these world class athletes healthy and safe. Why becomes clear when you see performers dropping off a 30-foot wall into a trampoline,iIt helps to have someone looking out for you.
"Because they're putting their lives on the line every night wnen they come to work and really, they are," said trainer Colleen Creighton.
What they're doing is thrilling audiences everywhere with acrobatic performances that defy belief.
The trampoline wall seems to turn gravity on it's head. "This is the most harrowing act we have," Creighton said.
And though injuries are rare it's good to know a team of trainers like Colleen Creighton are there to help. "When they need us we're there," she said. "And it's just another day at the office really."
Another day at an office that regularly brings audiences to the edge of their seats. Creighton and her team keep the acrobats fit physically and mentally.
"A lot of them are quite superstitious," says Creighton. They have regular routines and requirements that her team has to keep in mind. And while they're certainly broadway caliber performers, they don't like the broadway salutation.
Creighton laughs at the thought. "No, no, no!" she said.
"Being on stage is what brought them here and the thrill of being on state and excitement of making people smile and clap, it's quite magical what happens in the house." And working with athletes who leave it all on the stage makes Creighton's job what it is. "It's amazing, I couldn't imagine doing any other job."
Dralion is one of Cirque Du Soleil's 20 different touring shows. It opens Thursday at Taco Bell Arena and runs through Sunday. Tickets are 35 to 75 dollars through Select-a-seat.