Cirque du Soleil Pays Tribute to Women

“Amaluna” raises the big top in the Valley this spring

“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.

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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.

“Amaluna” is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon,” The name is 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.

For the first time in Cirque du Soleil’s history, “Amaluna” features a cast that comprises mostly women, with a 100 percent female band. “Amaluna is a tribute to the work and voice of women,” explains Fernand Rainville, director of creation. “The show is a reflection on balance from a women’s perspective,” he adds. Director Diane Paulus, winner of a 2013 Tony Award for “Pippin” says, “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.” Paulus drew from a series of classical influences when creating the concept of the show, including tales from Greek and Norse mythology, “The Magic Flute” by Mozart and “The Tempest” by Shakespeare.


Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna

March 15 – April 14

State Farm Stadium, One Cardinals Drive, Glendale

For more information and tickets, visit cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna.

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