Big Top Broadway

The score for Cirque du Soleil's Dralion depends on precise timing, fuzzy ethnicity, and a short attention span

"Because the Cirque du Soleil uses no language, the music becomes the international language," offers Oberacker. "We look for sounds that function on a primitive level -- the energy level at which our percussion plays will do something to your body that a simple drum roll and smash can't do.

Al Seib

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March 18, Tickets range from $26.75 to $160. Call 800-678-5440. The Dralion soundtrack has been released on CD by Cirque du Soleil and Brisa Entertainment.
Big Top in Bicentennial Park, 1075 Biscayne Blvd.

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"While all the aspects of the Cirque interact constantly -- hopefully in perfect timing -- the music is one of the constants that never goes away," he insists. "It is there to help you reach certain emotional peaks and valleys. If we've done our job well, you're not even aware that you've been manipulated in that way."

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