Cirque du Soleil Amaluna is a unique show coming to National Harbor this summer. The show features signature Cirque gravity-defying acrobatics, coupled with cutting-edge technology and good old fashioned elbow grease to transport the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Queen Prospera directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors 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, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic love story between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test as the couple faces numerous demanding trials and overcomes daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.
The name Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” 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 island where the story unfolds.
Icarian Games and Watermeteors
Icarian Games and Watermeteors are a classic circus arts number involving strength, precision timing and sheer acrobatic skill, as performers spin glowing water-meteors, take off from platforms of upturned feet, tumble above the ring then land – all in unison.
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.
Aerial Hoop 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.
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
Romeo’s manservant Jeeves arrives with the young men and promptly falls head-over-heels in love with Deeda, Miranda’s childhood nurse. The feeling is mutual, and pretty soon they are starting a family.
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 andthe young couple’s trials begin.