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.
Composers Bob & Bill’s mission was to create a unique, raw sound for Amaluna, and to surprise by means of the unexpected.
Guitars are very present and the overall sound is resolutely contemporary. Bass, drums, cello, vocals, keyboards, percussion support the guitars in delivering a direct music without embellishment. “We wanted to unleash the power in the raw state that artists and musicians bring to the stage,” explain Bob & Bill. The musicians share the stage with acrobats at times, which combines perfectly with the energy of the score. Amaluna is the first Cirque du Soleil show with an all-female group of musicians. “We wanted to reflect the guts and intense attitude of these musicians through the music itself,” they add.
Bob & Bill are known for their ability to blur the lines between genres and styles to create an intricately woven visual style. “We created a sound for the show that would follow the emotional line of the acrobatic numbers,” they say. “Each act has its own respiration and rhythm, its own arc – and the music should reflect this. The music is an extension of the soul of a character and an expression in sound of the show’s narrative.”