Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Real Juggling Act: Husband, Father & Juggler

Cirque du Soleil Dralion's Vladik Miagkostupov, Plus Win Tickets to Dralion via Macaroni Kid Downtown Baltimore!
By: Jenny Fortner

Images supplied by Weinberg, Harris & Associates
  Wednesday, August 22 through Sunday, August 26
Cirque du Soleil and 1st Mariner Arena proudly present Dralion
Fusing the 3000 year old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts, with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced “Dra-lee-on) draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West. - Press Release

Cirque du Soleil is coming to Baltimore August 22 -26, to perform Dralion! I had the extreme pleasure to meet juggler, Vladik Miagkostupov of Dralion, on behalf of Macaroni Kid Northwest Baltimore.

Vladik’s love of performing was cultivated at a very young age as he was born into a creative family. Both of his parents were part of the Moscow Circus. At the age of 4, his parents started his training in dancing and acrobatics. His father, who is a juggler, taught Vladik juggling. His professional career started at the age of 9. Since then, he performed in more than 30 countries as well for renowned companies such as Lido de Paris in Paris, Le Cabaret in Monte Carlo and with Dralion by Cirque du Soleil. He won several awards including the gold medal in Paris at the Cirque de Demain competition.

Cirque du Soleil saw him at the Cirque de Demain’s competition and then invited him to send a video. Vladik joined Cirque du Soleil in 2003 as a performer in Solstrom by Cirque du Soleil. He joined Dralion on tour in 2006. His act is not just an ordinary juggling act but includes a modern mix of juggling, dance and acrobatics.
I was amazed that Vladik was beyond any juggler I have ever imagined! He came out in a costume that was breathtaking and appeared to be a part of his very center of creativity! The music matched every move that he made, and his movements were flawless! I never imagined that he would combine artistry, agility, acrobatics, and dance to the precision and mastery of juggling. He made use of 7 balls and 6 clubs, and never dropped one while dancing and was in continuous motion!

He took a few moments to share with us his love of juggling, after his performance. He explained that he had a very normal childhood, and even played basketball; before following in footsteps of his artistic parents. He is a husband and loving father, who just happens to juggle for Cirque du Soleil. I loved that he showed passion and zeal when speaking about juggling, and encouraged children to pursue their dreams. He focused on little known talents that can become big dreams!

Vladik Miagkostupov, is just one of the many reasons I cannot wait to see Dralion, as he just wowed everyone in the room! There are numerous acts that will ignite the senses and awaits your viewing pleasure such as: Aerial pas de Deux, Dralions, Handbalancing, Trampoline, Medusa, and Bamboo Poles. There are stunning characters in lavish costumes, that will weave the story in and out of the show symbolizing the four elements; Azala, Gaya, Oceane, Yao. The show features Eastern and Western music, which is performed live at each show! Dralion will not disappoint as it bears the unmistakable signature of Cirque du Soleil!

Event Details:
Where: 1st Mariner Arena

When: August 22-26, 2012
How: Purchase tickets at the Arena Box Office, call 410-547-SEAT, or
        visit Ticketmaster.com
Cost: $28-$80
For more info: Please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/dralion

Want to See Dralion in Baltimore? Win tickets via Macaroni Kid Dowtown Baltimore!


- You must be a Macaroni Kid Northwest Baltimore Subscriber to win and 18 years or older. By entering into this contest you are automatically agreeing to become a Macaroni Kid Northwest Baltimore Subscriber if you are not already.
- Contest ends on or about Saturday, August, 11 2012.

- Winner will be chosen at random.
- Contest is open to those living in the Baltimore area only.
- Winner will be notified via email and will have 2 days to respond, after which time another winner will be chosen.

About the Author

Jenny Fortner is a mom, trying to hold onto her sanity, while writing “The Green Eyed Momma,” blog and chasing after two little boys. In her free time she stays up all hours of the night crafting, baking, and finding the next local event to attend with her family. Jenny resides in the Greater Baltimore area, with her husband and best friend, Chef Mike. Check out and follow her blog at www.greeneyedmomma.com or find her on twitter @green_eyedmomma

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