"In the concept of it, [director] Guy Caron really wanted to have some of the really old, ancient acrobatics of the Chinese, which we don't see much," explains Crawford. "Of course, it's updated in the avant-garde approach of Cirque du Soleil."
The concept personifies the four elements as differently color-coded dancers, but what audiences come back to see are the dazzling stunts: performers diving through bamboo hoops, balancing at dangerous heights, and contorting their bodies in ways that would send a normal person to the emergency room.
"It's a high-energy show, so people will go out feeling exhilarated," promises Crawford.
Dralion runs today through February 12 at the 1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane; for showtimes and tickets, $28-$145, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
Feb. 8-9, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 10-11, 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 12, 1 & 5 p.m., 2012