No two Cirque Du Soleil shows are ever alike, and even when you think you’ve seen it all, you really haven’t. They will constantly surprise you.
When Amaluna came to town, I thought of my first Cirque show – Kooza – and expected more along that vain. However, unlike Kooza, which was big and powerful, Amaluna is more intimate and sensual. From a smaller stage and less special effects, to its’ 70% female cast and Romeo and Juliet storyline, Amaluna is undeniably feminine and all together more simple in presentation, allowing the performers to stand out. At the same time, Amaluna is everything you would expect from a Cirque show including extraordinarily talented performers, and exquisite costumes, sets and choreography. It’s easy to forget to breathe while taking it all in.
Amaluna is set on a far away island where women rule, until a crew of men are washed upon their shore after a storm. The young princess, Miranda falls in love with a seaman named Romeo. The two are challenged with many physical feats before they can be together. Throughout the two-hour show, you will see incredible feats of acrobatics, strength, balance and dance come together to tell the story of how love perseveres. And, oh yeah, there are clowns too.
Just the experience of walking into the traveling Big Top that takes the Cirque crew three weeks to set up is part of the thrill of attending Cirque Du Soleil. You find yourself asking, “How do they do that?” about just about everything – on stage and off.
Amaluna is playing under the Big Top on the Pepsi Center grounds in Denver from Thursday, July 18 – August 25th. Buy tickets directly through the Cirque Du Soleil website.
Disclosure: Two tickets to the premiere showing of Amaluna were provided free for review purposes. But, all opinions expressed are solely my own.