Cirque du Soleil proudly announces its return to the Philadelphia area in Oaks, PA with a new Big Top show, AMALUNA.
The critically acclaimed production will be visiting Oaks for an engagement of 40 performances. AMALUNA will premiere on July 24, 2019 under the Big Top adjacent to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, minutes from the King of Prussia Mall. Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleil’s 33rd production AMALUNA is a celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women.
“We’re ecstatic to be working with our friends at Cirque again this year,” said Mike Bowman, President & CEO of the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board. “Last year’s VOLTA show was such a success with more than 86,000 attendees. We knew we could bring large-scale events and entertainment to Montgomery County, and Cirque has helped us prove that. We can’t wait for folks to see this show – which has a larger footprint than VOLTA – because we know it will be another top-notch performance that just adds to the Montco experience, and reasons to stay overnight here this summer.”
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 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 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 this magical story unfolds.
A TRIBUTE TO THE WORK AND VOICE OF WOMEN
For the first time in Cirque du Soleil’s history, AMALUNA features a cast that comprises mostly women, with a 100% female band. “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 women’s perspective”, he adds. Director Diane Paulus, winner of a 2013 Tony Award (Pippin) and recently named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2014, says: “I didn’t want to build a ‘women’s agenda’ show. I wanted to create a show with women at the center of it, something that had a hidden story that featured women as the heroines.” Paulus drew from a series of classical influences when creating the concept of the show; including tales from Greek and Norse mythology, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
In addition to AMALUNA, Cirque du Soleil’s new arena production, CRYSTAL, blending circus arts and the world of ice skating will open in Philadelphia, PA at the Wells Fargo Center on June 20 – 23, and in Allentown, PA at the PPL Center on June 26 – 30. For more information and tickets visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal.
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