Amaluna

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Amaluna
Company Cirque du Soleil
Genre Contemporary circus
Show type Touring show
Date of premiere April 19, 2012
Creative team
Director of creation Fernand Rainville
Director Diane Paulus
Set and props designer Scott Pask
Costume designer Mérédith Caron
Composers Guy Dubuc
Marc Lessard
Sound designer Jacques Boucher
Lighting designer Matthieu Larivée
Choreographers Karole Armitage
Debra Brown
Acrobatic choreographer Caitlan Maggs
Acrobatic and rigging designer Fred Gérard
Props designer Patricia Ruel
Makeup designer Eleni Uranis
Dramaturge Randy Weiner
Other information
Preceded by Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour (2011)
Succeeded by Michael Jackson: One (2013)
Official website

Amaluna is a touring show by Cirque du Soleil which premiered in Montréal, Canada, on April 19, 2012, created and directed by Diane Paulus.[1] Loosely inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest,[2] the story takes place on an island governed by goddesses. During a storm, a group of men are washed up on shore. The queen's daughter falls for one of the young men, and the trials of their love are the elements composing this production.[3] The show is notable for having a cast that is 70% female.[4]

The title, Amaluna, is the combination of two words. "Ama" which refers to mother in many languages, and "luna" which means moon. The moon is a symbol of femininity, which is part of the reason it was chosen for this production.[5]

Set and technical information[edit]

Scott Pask created a set that was inspired by nature; using branches resembling bamboo that both frame and the set and reach out to the audience. The set is open yet immersive at the same time. This is attributed to the towering trees near the edge of the center stage and the lower, more dense flora further upstage. The trees themselves were not treated to look like actual wood, yet are natural and remain hand-crafted while still evoking the natural sense of nature.[6]

Color is a strong component seen throughout the stage. The primary colors of this motif are those found in peacock feathers. Lighting is used to create a sense of danger and heightened awareness. This is done by the use of lighting styles and using the set to cast shadows.[6]

The center stage in Amaluna has a mechanism allowing it to revolve, as can the carousel suspended above the stage. The set design has very few moving parts, and has no visual effects. This decision allows for greater attention to the performers.[6]

  • There are 174 branches in 534 sections (90 in the canopy and 84 upstage) making a total of 1.7 kilometres (1.1 mi).
  • There are three models of branches in the canopy and 35 in the upstage.
  • The 25-foot (7.6 m) diameter carousel weighs 6,000 pounds (2,700 kg).
  • The grid weighs 8,600 pounds (3,900 kg) and includes three acrobatic winches, each able to lift loads up to 400 pounds (180 kg) at 10 feet (3.0 m) per second.
  • The acrobatic winch in the centre of the carousel can lift up to 1,000 pounds (450 kg) at 10 feet (3.0 m) per second.
  • The waterbowl is 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) tall, 7 feet 3 inches (2.21 m) in diameter, and weighs 5,500 pounds (2,500 kg) when filled with water.

Acts[edit]

Rotational Acts[edit]

Retired Acts[edit]

Music[edit]

The music in Amaluna is contemporary, using guitars. Bass, drums, cello, vocals, keyboards, and percussion support the guitars in delivering the music. Amaluna is the first Cirque du Soleil show with an all-female group of musicians.[7]

Track titles as they appear in order on the CD (the items in parentheses reflect the act correlated with each song):

  1. All Come Together (Opening, Finale)
  2. Elma Om Mi Lize (Water Meteors-Icarian Games, Aerial Straps)
  3. Tempest (The Storm-Straps)
  4. Enchanted Reunion (Suspended Poles, Peacock Dance)
  5. Fly Around (Uneven Bars)
  6. Hope (Vocal Aerial Hoop)
  7. O Ma Ley (Waterbowl-Handbalancing)
  8. Burn Me Up (Teeterboard)
  9. Whisper (Manipulation)
  10. Running On The Edge (Tightwire)
  11. Ena Fee Alyne (Unicycles) / (Hula Hoops)
  12. Creature Of Light (Chinese Pole, A Thousand Arms and Sticks)
  13. Mutations (Juggling)
  14. Run (Aerial Straps, Clowns)

Tour[edit]

Amaluna began its grand chapiteau tour in North America.[8]

The following colorboxes indicate the region of each performance:
  NA   North America   EU   Europe

Grand Chapiteau tour[edit]

2012 schedule[edit]

  •   NA   Montréal, QC - From 19 Apr 2012 to 15 Jul 2012 (show première)
  •   NA   Québec City, QC - From 25 Jul 2012 to 19 Aug 2012
  •   NA   Toronto, ON - From 7 Sep 2012 to 4 Nov 2012
  •   NA   Vancouver, BC - From 23 Nov 2012 to 20 Jan 2013

2013 schedule[edit]

  •   NA   Seattle, WA - Marymoor Park - From 31 Jan 2013 to 24 Mar 2013
  •   NA   Calgary, AB - Stampede Park - From 10 Apr 2013 to 19 May 2013
  •   NA   Edmonton, AB - Northlands Park - From 29 May 2013 to 23 Jun 2013
  •   NA   Denver, CO - Pepsi Center Grounds - From 18 Jul 2013 to 25 Aug 2013
  •   NA   Minneapolis (area), MN - Mall Of America Parking Lot - From 26 Sep 2013 to 20 Oct 2013
  •   NA   San Francisco, CA - AT&T Park - From 13 Nov 2013 to 12 Jan 2014

2014 schedule[edit]

  •   NA   San Jose, CA - Taylor Street Bridge - From 22 Jan 2014 to 2 Mar 2014
  •   NA   New York, NY - Citi Field Parking Lot - From 20 Mar 2014 to 18 May 2014
  •   NA   Boston, MA - Marine Industrial Park - From 29 May 2014 to 6 Jul 2014
  •   NA   Washington (area), DC - The Plateau at National Harbor - From 31 Jul 2014 to 21 Sep 2014
  •   NA   Atlanta, GA - Atlantic Station - From 3 Oct 2014 to 30 Nov 2014
  •   NA   Miami, FL - Sun Life Stadium Grounds - From 11 Dec 2014 to 25 Jan 2015

2015 schedule[edit]

  •   NA   Houston, TX - Sam Houston race park - From 12 Feb 2015 to 22 Mar 2015
  •   EU   Madrid, ES- From 07 May 2015 to 21 June 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amaluna show Press Kits & Material". Cirque du Soelil Press Materials. Cirque du Soleil. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  2. ^ "Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna to put female spin on The Tempest". CBC News. 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  3. ^ "Amaluna - About the Show". Amaluna. Cirque du Soleil. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  4. ^ Rinaldi, Ray Mark. "Cirque du Soleil returns to Denver with gal-powered "Amaluna"". The Denver Post. 
  5. ^ "Cirque du Soleil Unveils a New Touring Show Amaluna Directed by Diane Paulus in Montreal's Old Port Starting April 19.". 2012-01-16. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  6. ^ a b c "Amaluna - Set Design". Amaluna - Press Kit. Cirque du Soleil. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  7. ^ "Amaluna - Music". Amaluna - Press Kit. Cirque du Soleil. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  8. ^ "Amaluna - Tickets". Amaluna. Cirque du Soleil. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 

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