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Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna is Other Worldly

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Cirque du Soleil’s dynamic and impeccable performers execute thrilling acrobatic feats in Amaluna. Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

By Joy Chang
Staff Writer

Amaluna is the fusion of the words ama, meaning mother, and luna, which means moon. The story unfolds on a mysterious island that is governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.

Prospera, the queen of the island, orchestrates her daughter Miranda’s coming-of-age ceremony with a rite that upholds femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance.

In the wake of a storm called up by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, initiating an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. The couple face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting challenges before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.

Cirque du Soleil is presenting Amaluna, directed by the Tony Award-winning Broadway director Diane Paulus at AT&T Park, through January 12, and audiences should prepare to be amazed under the blue-and-yellow Big Top.

This story is remarkably translated onto the Cirque stage. Cirque’s dynamic and impeccable performers execute thrilling acrobatic feats, using aerial straps, a Chinese pole, an aerial hoop and a large water ball.

In one of the most mesmerizing stunts, the Balance Goddess erects a precarious mobile structure of large palm fronds, resembling a large animal skeleton. At another high point, the Moon Goddess appears on a cerceau, or aerial hoop, bestowing her blessing as Miranda performs a challenging hand-balancing routine before diving and snaking through the water ball.

Amaluna’s meticulous choreography, remarkable stunts and empowering theme offer a fresh take on the Cirque du Soleil show. The experience is truly out of this world.

Joy Chang is a second-year dental student.

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