|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (March 2013)|
|Company||Cirque du Soleil|
|Show type||Touring show|
|Date of premiere||April 19, 2012 (Montreal)|
|Director of creation||Fernand Rainville|
|Set and props designer||Scott Pask|
|Costume designer||Mérédith Caron|
|Sound designer||Jacques Boucher|
|Lighting designer||Matthieu Larivée|
|Acrobatic choreographer||Caitlan Maggs|
|Acrobatic and rigging designer||Fred Gérard|
|Props designer||Patricia Ruel|
|Makeup designer||Eleni Uranis|
|Preceded by||Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour (2011)|
|Succeeded by||Michael Jackson: One (2013)|
Amaluna is a touring show by Cirque du Soleil which premiered in Montréal, Canada, on April 19, 2012, created and directed by Diane Paulus. Loosely inspired by William Shakespeare's The Tempest, 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. The show is notable for having a cast that is 70% female.
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.
Set and technical information
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Magic Pageant - The Goddess Prospera calls all the people of the island together to celebrate her daughter Miranda's journey into womanhood
- Hoop Diving
- The Storm - Prospera, while playing a dramatic cello solo, conjures a storm which bring in a group of men, including Romeo, Miranda's new love
- Peacock dance - The Pecock Goddess meets Romeo in the forest, and does a gentle yet haunting dance that symbolizes the purity of love
- Aerial Hoop - The Moon Goddess, riding the cerceu, bestows her blessing on Miranda
- Waterbowl-Handbalancing - Miranda playes in the water bowl, coming up to do amazing contortions. Romeo finds her and the two play and tentively kiss for the first time
- Uneven bars- The Amazons, the fierce warriors of the island, show off their skills on this new take of the classic gymnastics act
- Teeterboard The men have been captured, and they use a Teeterboard to propel them selves upward, escaping gravity and their prison
- Manipulation - The Balance Goddess emerges and balances bamboo sticks on one another, representing the importance of trust
- A Thousand Arms and Sticks
- Chinese pole
- Icarian Games
- Vocal aerial hoop- This unique act was performed by the original Moon Goddess, Marie-Michelle Faber, who performed a dazzling aerial hoop act while singing. This act will be reintegrated sometime in September, as Marie-Michelle is returning to the show after a leave of absence
- Hula hoop
- Fixed Trapeze Duo
- Water Meteors-Icarian Games
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.
Track titles as they appear in order on the CD (the items in parentheses reflect the act correlated with each song):
- All Come Together (Opening, Finale)
- Elma Om Mi Lize (Water Meteors-Icarian Games, Aerial Straps)
- Tempest (The Storm-Straps)
- Enchanted Reunion (Suspended Poles, Peacock dance)
- Fly Around (Uneven Bars)
- Hope (Vocal Aerial Hoop)
- O Ma Ley (Waterbowl-Handbalancing)
- Burn Me Up (Teeterboard)
- Whisper (Manipulation)
- Running On The Edge (Tightwire) / (Cyr Wheel)
- Ena Fee Alyne (Unicycles) / (Hula Hoops)
- Creature Of Light (Chinese Pole, A Thousand Arms and Sticks)
- Mutations (Juggling)
- Run (Aerial Straps, Clowns)
Amaluna began its grand chapiteau tour in North America.
The following colorboxes indicate the region of each performance:
North America Europe
Grand Chapiteau tour
- Montréal, QC - From 19 Apr 2012 to 15 Jul 2012 (show première)
- Québec City, QC - From 25 Jul 2012 to 19 Aug 2012
- Toronto, ON - From 7 Sep 2012 to 4 Nov 2012
- Vancouver, BC - From 23 Nov 2012 to 20 Jan 2013
- Seattle, WA - From 31 Jan 2013 to 24 Mar 2013
- Calgary, AB - From 10 Apr 2013 to 19 May 2013
- Edmonton, AB - From 29 May 2013 to 23 Jun 2013
- Denver, CO - From 18 Jul 2013 to 25 Aug 2013
- Minneapolis, MN - From 26 Sep 2013 to 20 Oct 2013
- San Francisco, CA - From 13 Nov 2013 to 12 Jan 2014
- San Jose, CA - From 22 Jan 2014 to 2 Mar 2014
- New York, NY - From 20 Mar 2014 to 18 May 2014
- Boston, MA - From 29 May 2014 to 6 Jul 2014
- Washington, DC - From 31 Jul 2014 to 21 Sep 2014
- Atlanta, GA - From 3 Oct 2014 to 30 Nov 2014
- Miami, FL - From 11 Dec 2014 to 25 Jan 2015
- Houston, TX - From 11 Feb 2015 to 22 Mar 2015
- Madrid, ES - From 6 May 2015 to 21 Jun 2015
- PortAventura, ES - From 3 Jul to 23 Aug 2015
- Brussels, BE - From 11 Sept to 4 Oct 2015
- Paris, FR - From 5 Nov 2015 to 3 Jan 2016
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- "Amaluna - Set Design" (PDF). Amaluna - Press Kit. Cirque du Soleil. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Amaluna - Music" (PDF). Amaluna - Press Kit. Cirque du Soleil. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
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