PREMIERES JANUARY 31, 2013 FOR A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT
UNDER THE BLUE-AND-YELLOW BIG TOP AT KING COUNTY’S MARYMOOR PARK
Tickets available now
Cirque du Soleil returns to Seattle with its latest big top production, Amaluna, premiering January 31, 2013 under the blue-and-yellow Big Top at King County’s Marymoor Park. Directed by Diane Paulus, a renowned theatre director from New York, Amaluna had its world premiere in Montreal in April 2012 and is now touring across Canada. Seattle will be Amaluna’s first stop in the United States and will be the 8th Big Top production to visit Seattle since 1990.
Tickets for the general public are available now at www.cirquedusoleil.com/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.
Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon,” a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. Amaluna is also the name of the mysterious island where the story unfolds.
A tribute to the work and voice of women
For the first time at Cirque du Soleil, the cast of Amaluna is predominantly female and the band is completely comprised of female musicians and singers. “Amaluna is a tribute to the work and voice of women,” explains Director of Creation Fernand Rainville. “The show is a reflection on balance from a woman’s perspective,” he adds. Show Director Diane Paulus says: “Amaluna is less about feminism and more about reconnecting to our world in a different way.”
Amaluna has a cast of 50 artists hailing from 15 different countries.
The creative team
Amaluna’s creative team is comprised of 16 creators under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté: Fernand Rainville, Director of Creation; Diane Paulus, Director; Scott Pask, Set and Props Designer; Mérédith Caron, Costume Designer; Bob & Bill, Composers; Jacques Boucher, Sound Designer; Matthieu Larrivée, Lighting Designer; Karole Armitage, Choreographer; Debra Brown, Acrobatic Choreographer; Caitlan Maggs, Acrobatic Choreographer; Rob Bollinger, Acrobatic Performance Designer; Fred Gérard, Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer; Patricia Ruel, Props Designer; Eleni Uranis, Makeup Designer and Randy Weiner, Dramaturge.
Sponsors and Partners
Amaluna acknowledges Infiniti, CGI, Xerox and Sun Life Financial as the official sponsors.
Cirque du Soleil
Amaluna is Cirque du Soleil’s 32nd production. From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.
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