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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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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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.