The ultimate circus is coming to town! Cirque du Soleil is returning to New York with its newest big top production, Amaluna. Written and directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Pippin), the show will begin performances March 20, 2014 on the grounds of Citi Field in Queens (home of the New York Mets). The show had its world premiere in April 2012 in Montreal.
A theatrical acrobatic tribute to the work and voice of women, 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.
Featuring a cast that is 70% a female, a first for Cirque du Soleil, the production invites the audience to a mysterious island called Amaluna, 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 honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men land on the island, triggering an epic story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor.
Cirque du Soleil has been seen by more more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents. Its last New York big top production was Spring 2013's Totem, which also played a limited engagement at Citi Field.