My family and I attended our first ever Cirque du Soleil performance, Amaluna, and we were awestruck. Would you like to go, too? Amaluna is at National Harbor Washington DC until September 21.
Amaluna is Cirque du Soleil’s 32nd production and the artistic company will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2014. For the first time in Cirque du Soleil’s history, Amaluna features a cast that comprises 70% women, with a 100% female band.
Director Diane Paulus, winner of a 2013 Tony Award said she drew from a series of classical influences when creating the concept of the show; including tales from Greek and Norse mythology, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. She said, “I didn’t want to build a ‘women’s agenda’ show. I wanted to create a show with women at the center of it, something that had a hidden story that featured women as the heroines.”
I will admit that all that feminism and mythical imagery flew right over my kids’ heads. What they loved were the acrobatics, the artistry, the amazing tricks and the beautiful showmanship. This was by far the most professional, beautiful circus my family and I have ever experienced. It was like watching a thrilling and extraordinarily entertaining ballet.
The back story: Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.
My daughters loved the “princess”-centered story, but my son just thought it was an exciting night at a “half theatre, half circus, thing” as he so knowingly called Amaluna.
Cool fact: The compact, circular stage set-up means that every seat in the house is equally good!
Here’s a video sneak peek of the show.