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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 honours 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.

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Amaluna - Acts

  • Magic Pageant

    A shimmering, ethereal cloud of diaphanous red gossamer dances in the air at Prospera’s command. Then the inhabitants of Amaluna revel themselves in a pageant of peacock colours and lights, rich burnished golds and noble materials. This pageant is Prospera’s gift to Miranda, to mark her passage into womanhood.

  • Icarian Games and Watermeteors

    A classic circus arts number involving strength, precision timing and sheer acrobatic skill, as performers spin glowing watermeteors, take off from platforms of upturned feet, tumble above the ring then land – all in unison.

  • Peacock Dance

    Romeo wanders into the Enchanted Forest where he witnesses the bewitching dance of the Peacock Goddess in her dazzling white dress – a performance that represents the purity of love.

  • Storm

    Prospera plays a dramatic cello solo to summon a ferocious storm. Thunder and lightning erupt and a pair of artists – the God and Goddess of the Wind – perform an intense midair ballet on straps, coming together and parting, intertwining their bodies and gliding through space in vigorous, frenetic movements.

  • Cerceau and Waterbowl

    The Moon Goddess appears to Miranda riding a Cerceau, bestowing her blessing with a haunting song. Romeo watches as Miranda plays in the waterbowl, discovering her own physicality and expressing her sinuous sexuality as she performs a challenging hand-balancing routine before diving and snaking through the water. He joins her in the water, where they innocently play and tentatively kiss for the first time.

  • Uneven Bars

    The captured young men help the Amazons – the fierce feminine force of the island – to present a fast-paced theatrical version of the classic gymnastic routine.

  • Teeterboard

    Fenced in, the young men launch themselves high into the air, twisting and turning in a playful high-speed attempt to escape – at first from gravity then from their prison. They pull off several seemingly impossible feats, like landing in a handstand on another performer’s upturned palms or running across a ministage inclined at a steep angle.

  • Manipulation

    Prospera brings Romeo and Miranda to witness the Balance Goddess creating a world in equilibrium with a mobile made of thirteen palm leaf ribs. An ode to balance, her movements are slow, deliberate and almost meditative as she concentrates all her attention on this literally breathtaking structure. And then she removes the smallest piece, everything disintegrates and the young couple’s trials begin.

  • 1,000 Arms and Sticks

    Inspired by an Indonesian ritual dance, an ominous company of dancers dressed in black and silver performs a choreography that creates an indelible image of one woman with a thousand arms. The Peacock Goddess reappears in an ominous guise and steals Miranda away while a forest of sticks inspired by Vietnamese circus tradition springs up to create a portal to the Underworld through which Romeo must pass.

  • Chinese Pole

    Romeo tries to reunite with Miranda by climbing up a pole in an exhibition of sheer muscular strength and inventive, supple routine.

  • Juggling

    Cali captures Romeo and imprisons him in the waterbowl. To celebrate his victory over his rival, he performs a juggling act with balls that drop in ever greater numbers from the sky above.

  • Aerial Straps

    Miranda calls in the Valkyries to help her liberate Romeo. They fly out over the audience on straps as they do battle with Cali, suspended from the Carousel, a rotating set element high above them. This is flight in four dimensions, calling for precision timing in addition to the skills and physical strength it takes to move at high velocity through 360 degrees.