Cirque du Soleil returns for a limited engagement to Minneapolis, Minnesota with its latest Big Top production Amaluna, premiering on September 26, 2013 under the blue-and-yellow Big Top at Mall of America (North Parking Lot). Directed by Tony nominated Broadway Director Diane Paulus, Amaluna had its world-premiere in Montreal in April 2012 and is now touring North America.
Tickets are available to the general public at cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna.
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 honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next.
In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men land on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.
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 the story unfolds.
A Tribute to the Work and Voice of Women
For the first time at Cirque du Soleil, the cast of a show is 70% female and the band, 100%. “Amaluna is a tribute to the work and voice of women,” explains Director of Creation Fernand Rainville. “The show is a reflection on balance from a woman’s perspective,” he adds. Show Director Diane Paulus says: “Amaluna is less about feminism and more about reconnecting to our world in a different way.”
Amaluna has a cast of 48 artists hailing from 15 different countries. The creative team comprises 16 creators under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté.
Cirque du Soleil
Amaluna is Cirque du Soleil’s 32nd production. From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization with 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.
For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit cirquedusoleil.com.
Source: Sarah Schmidt, Public Relations Coordinator, Mall of America®, Bloomington, Minnesota, mallofamerica.com