Up and Coming:
Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna

February 27, 2014

in Circus, Performance Art

Circus, Performance

Directed by Diane Paulus
Cirque du Soleil
Boston Marine Industrial Park on the Waterfront, Boston, MA
5/29/2014 –

Tickets to the general public go on sale on 2/28/2014. Presale tickets to Cirque Club members available beforehand. (Please check Amaluna event website to confirm details.)

Amaluna poster

Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

A show directed by American Repertory Theater artistic director Diane Paulus – which sounds like an interesting feminist adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest – featuring a mysterious island, its queen, Prospera, her daughter, and some shipwrecked suitors.

In Shakespeare’s late romance, The Tempest, a mysterious island is governed by Prospero and inhabited by, among others, his daughter, Miranda. Some shipwrecked sailors come ashore and tales of romance and reconciliation abound.

Diane Paulus, who brought a great Montreal circus, Les 7 Doigts de la Main – originally showcased in Boston at ArtsEmerson – to the American Repertory Theatre performance of Pippinthat eventually went to Broadway.

Here, she has another delightfully inventive, highly successful, circus – also from Montreal – to work with, and, no doubt, the results will be interesting.

Director Diane Paulus with 'Amaluna' cast members

Director Diane Paulus with “Amaluna” cast members
Photo: Courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

As described by Cirque du Soleil and Director of Creation Fernand Rainville, “Amaluna is a tribute to the work and voice of women.”

Cirque du Soleil also offers the following explanation of the show’s title: “Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to ‘mother’ in many languages, and luna, which means ‘moon’; a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. Amaluna is also the name of the mysterious island where this magical story unfolds… ”

Apparently, in keeping with the general theme of the show, the cast features 70% women and an all-female band.

– BADMan

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