Many years ago I had the chance to see my first Cirque du Soleil show in Orlando with my dad and my sister. Since my sister’s passing, it’s become another cherish memory because of the amazing experience we had. So when I had the chance to take Grambo to experience Cirque du Soleil Amaluna (her first Cirque du Soleil experience), I knew we were in for a treat.
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna
Amaluna was my first Cirque du Soleil under the Big Top and it was quite an experience. The mood is set from the moment you walk up to the tent and see the flags decorating and representing the nationalities of the cast members. The show travels with the Big Top infrastructure so they can control the feeling from your first step inside to the very last bow. And it is quite the experience.
The Story of 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 honors 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.
Cirque du Soleil decided it was time to celebrate the strength and beauty of women. And Amaluna does just that.
The show has a theme of female empowerment and showcases the strength and grace of women throughout the entire performance. With many of the performers being former athletes, Cirque du Soleil is also offering additional professional opportunities for these women whose athletic careers are often limited after college. It’s another way for them to use and grow their skills.
Fun Facts About Cirque du Soleil Amaluna
- The cast is 70% female with an all-female band.
- First Cirque du Soleil show to feature the uneven bars.
- Water ball in the show weights about 6,000 pounds and takes four hours to fill.
- There isn’t an understudy cast, instead they use backup acts in case a cast member is ill or injured.
- Cast members perform 8-10 shows a week.
- The show travels with two physiotherapists as well as a group of other support staff.
Amaluna is playing at the Sam Houston Race Park in Houston through March 22nd! If you get the chance to see this amazing show, do it!
Leave a comment and let me know if you’ve seen Amaluna! Or tell me about your favorite Cirque du Soleil show!