Both my gal and I have seen many Cirque Du Soleil shows over the years and I can undeniably say that I am a big fan. So when we were offered the chance to attend the premier night event and afterparty of course we jumped at the opportunity as we had not seen Amaluna before. We knew we were in for a special evening for as soon as we stepped inside the big top tent were were greeted by servers in costume handing us glasses of champagne. Yes, please! Sure, I’ll have three or four of those. There was a terrific mix of people in attendence to see the show and everyone mingled among the exhibits, performers, and interactive showcases for the hour before showtime. There was a feeling of excitement in the air, and as we were led into the main seating area surrounding the stage everyone was taken in by the colors and sounds our senses were treated to.
We were now in the world of Amaluna – a mysterious island where beauty and courage await!
A brief synopsis of the show –
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 lands 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.
Almost every Cirque show we have seen brings us into a fantasy world of shapes, colors, and sounds. The storylines are sewn together to include incredible feats of strength, balance, agility, dance, acrobatics, comedy, and overall incredible talent gleaned from all corners of the world. I must say that the music in a Cirque show is the driving force pulsating like a heartbeat as if it’s a character itself. Living and breathing as the soul that guides it. The music is ethereal with amazing singers and musicians. Every show I have seen the music has moved me. So much so that we have a bunch of CD’s from past shows. A refreshing twist is that this show’s music was performed entirely by a female band, and the songs had a decidedly rock edge to them. As I’m a rock guy I really loved the vibe of the music at this show. Again, amazing talent as these gals could really shred and the women who sang just nailed it with soaring vocals. Yes, we purchased this soundtrack too.
As with many Cirque shows the storyline is interwoven with discovery of love, inner awareness of self being, the world and environment around us, and a deeper understanding of the Earth and it’s elements. The show itself contains a flair for the dramatic, along with imaginitive artistry, totally amazing athleticism, and sprinkled in with a touch of comedy interspersed throughout to help liven the mood. Highlights of Amaluna were the characters, and as in past shows, offer many different colorful personalities, costumes, and makeup. They personify many different specialties to watch and listen to. Groups launching themselves soaring on a teeterboard, flying around the tent on aeriel straps, bouncing around even bars and poles, performing feats of strength and precision, among others. As always, the choreography and dancing were on-point and beautifully executed. The clowning offers some good laughs. This is a must see show for adults and children alike.
Inside the main tent there is a souvenir area with some pretty nice items to purchase, along with snack and refreshment stands. The smell of popcorn invades the air and is an appropriate munchie to have in your lap during the show. The half hour intermission offers just enough time to make a purchase, stretch your legs, and also use the well taken care of bathrooms that are on the grounds. The organizers of Cirque miss no beats here.
The evening’s performance was nothing short of amazing and we left totally entertained with smiles on our faces, not to mention a few choice souvenirs. I would suggest getting tickets to this show soon as it’s only playing for a limited engagement until May 18. If in the NYC area it’s easy to get to by subway – the #7 train to Citi Field/Willets Point. You’ll see the big blue and yellow tent in the parking lot. It’s suitable for all ages with different price points determined by seating sections. Be prepared for a magical experience!
Amaluna – March 20 to May 18, 2014
A few pre and post-show festivity pics in and around the Grand Chapiteau –