[Vid] Behind the Scenes with Cirque du Soleil’s AMALUNA, Opening This Week

Cirque du Soleil’s newest — and most female — spectacle comes to National Harbor this week!  Amaluna, which opens on Thursday July 31, plays until September 21 2014 under Cirque’s iconic blue and yellow Big Top at National Harbor in Maryland.

As Company Manager Franck Hanselman explains, “Amaluna is the name of a mysterious island that is populated only by women.  It is governed by Goddesses and it has a Queen called Prospera.  Prospera has a daughter; her name is Miranda, and the show celebrates Miranda’s coming of age.”

“At some point, there is a big storm that Prospera whips up.  There’s a shipwreck and a bunch of men actually wash up on the shores of the island…  As you can imagine, that produces all sorts of interesting developments.”

Amaluna has the usual aspects of a Cirque show that keep you coming back for more — contortionists, aerialists, acrobats — but this show has all that… with a ladylike twist.

“What people have never seen under a Big Top show before is that [the contortionist] does her contortion act on the edge of a water bowl,” Hanselman boasts, speaking of the huge stage centerpiece, which weighs 6000 pounds and has about 4,000 gallons of water in it.

“And what’s really a little bit special about this show is that… 70% of the cast is female, and the band is actually ALL female, which is unique to Cirque shows.  Amaluna is the only one that has that.”

Amaluna is the 33rd production of Cirque du Soleil, which celebrated its 30th Anniversary in June 2014.  Tickets currently available.

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