Cirque du Soleil Amaluna: A Multi-Sensory Experience
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna is a stunning mix of drama, fantasy,
circus, magic and mystery. Take a regular circus, add a storyline, poetic choreography and a visual feast that scales the
heights of artistry, then strip it of all pretense and you have Cirque du Soleil.
Amaluna is a mysterious
island ruled by goddesses. Prospera, queen of the island, is celebrating her daughter's transition to womanhood in a special
rite of passage that highlights the values of femininity and prepares the next generation for the legacy of these values.
All is well until a group of sailors becomes shipwrecked on the island due to a storm that Prospera herself is responsible
for. One of these sailors falls in love with Prospera's daughter, and the couple must now learn to deal with the emotional
storm that lies up ahead of them. Through it all, their love, faith and trust in each other will be tested to the limit.
costumes, aerial ballet and graceful choreography are just some of the wonders that await you. Each chapter in the story is
acted out in a series of acrobatics, expressive dances, balancing acts and seemingly impossible feats of daring that almost
defy logic. Picture a man launched off a teeterboard 10 feet into the air, twirling, then landing in a handstand on the palms
of another performer. There's no trick photography and no clever special effects — only the sheer brilliant practitioners
of skills that challenge the imagination.
The characters in the play are archetypes as traditional as
folklore itself. There is Prospera, queen of Amaluna, a magician motivated by love and possession of her daughter, Miranda.
She in turn is pursued by Prince Romeo, the hero of the story, who must endure tests before he is worthy of Miranda's hand.
There is Cali, half-man, half-reptile, a jealous monster of a creature that is overcome with desire for Miranda and will stop
at nothing in order to keep Prince Romeo away from her. Comic relief comes in the form of Jeeves, the manservant, and Deeda,
the nurse - both of whom share a whirlwind romance. Femininity is the theme in Amaluna, and nowhere is this demonstrated more
plainly than the appearance of various goddesses and Amazons, who act like intervening deities of classical Greek mythology,
sometimes helping and sometimes hindering our hero and heroine.
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna is
a collaborative effort involving a number of talented artists from Canada and elsewhere. Cirque du Soleil's founder and creative
guide is Guy Laliberté, a native Canadian and veteran circus performer. Mérédith Caron is the brilliant mind behind the stunning
costumes. Each piece seems to have been conjured up by some spirit of the story itself. Scott Pask is the man behind the truly
unique set and props, and Karole Armitage, a ballet dancer and director of the Armitage Gone! Dance company in New York, lent
her choreography skills to the show. A host of creative minds, a list that includes accomplished composers Guy Dubuc and Marc
Lessard, pooled their imaginative talents to create a show that feeds the soul.
The show is directed
by Diane Paulus, director of the American Repertory Theatre. Paulus has a string of on and off Broadway shows to her credit,
as well as a number of operas. A professor at Harvard University, Paulus recently enjoyed the honor of being named one of
Boston Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women.
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna is loosely based on Shakespeare's
play, "The Tempest." The roles here are reversed to support a female-centric storyline. Diane Paulus, the show's director,
is quite familiar with the bard's work, having reimagined "A Midsummer Night's Dream" as the disco-inspired off-Broadway production
of "The Donkey Show" back in 1999.
Don't forget your Cirque du Soleil Amaluna tickets, as the show
is scheduled for a limited time, and tickets are going fast.