Last night we had the absolute pleasure and luxury of being invited to review Amaluna on opening night in the big top at the Intu Trafford centre.
This was my second Cirque Du Soleil the first being The Beatles LOVE in Las Vegas and I thought that was amazing but again I was blown away by the sheer talent of these performers. Amaluna is a different style of performance to Love but still great to watch.
I don’t want to give too much away as it’s a show you need to watch for yourself to appreciate the talent and work they put in.
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 honours 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.
Hoop Diving – Lizards
Cerceau and Waterbowl
Balance Godess (tree)
1000 arms and sticks
Our thoughts on the show:
The show and story isn’t that easy to follow especially for children. However they do like the acrobatics of the show.
Some of our favourite scenes were Arial Straps. Jack was so impressed how they could hold on with just their arms and loved the way they flew over the audience. There really was a wow factor. There were 4 ladies using the Arial straps so it didn’t matter where you were seated you got and excellent view.
Another favourite was Cerceau and Waterbowl. Jack loved the lady with the hoop as she came from the Sky. Kaitlin’s favourite part was when Miranda balances on a little stick with some amazing breath taking gymnastic moves. Certainly need your balance for those tricks.
In the second half there were a few show stopping parts for us. The Chinese pole was breath taking how fast he runs up it. You’ll be amazed at his upper body strength. For me the funny part and one of the scenes I enjoyed most was the Icarian Games. All I will say is ouch if you’re a man watching. They were fantastic how they chucked each other around.
The music for the whole show is performed live and you can see the band and singers tucked away through the great stage setting and they do come out to the front and centre stage at times throughout the show. Neil described the music as Nordic sounding and he loved the deep meaning to the music.
Overall we thought the show was great the kids loved the acrobatic side and the breath taking moves they did. In terms of a show as I mention above it’s quite a hard story to follow. The show and performance is like nothing you will see in a normal theatre and really does capture your imagination.
Handy Tips and things you need to know:
- You are not allowed to take photos or video any part of the show.
- The toilets are located outside so if bad weather make sure you have your coat.
- When parking I would recommend parking a little further away more towards the Trafford centre so you don’t get stuck in the aftermath of traffic. (we parked just near John Lewis and exited near Debenhams avoiding most of the cues).
- Drinks and snacks are served beforehand and in the interval as well as some great merchandising stalls. So don’t forget your wallet.
- Take a picture as a keepsake in front of the large picture/sign in the entrance area.
- HAVE FUN
You can still BOOK TICKETS prices start from £17
Some Fast Fact About Amaluna
- Amaluna had its World Premiere in Montréal on April 19, 2012 and since then has been performing in Canada and the United States before heading to Europe to Premiere in Madrid in 2015.
- Amaluna marks Diane Paulus’ first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, a renowned theatre director from New York.
- The cast of Amaluna comprise a majority of female, including a 100% female band.
Cast and Crew
- The cast of Amaluna comprises 46 artists. An additional 68 employees travel with the show to serve the functions of artistic management, customer service, tour services and technicians for the show and the site setup.
- All 114 of the cast and crew represent total of 19 nationalities; Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.
- Although you will generally hear French and English spoken on-site, many other languages are spoken: Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and more.
- The tour relies on local suppliers for many essentials such as food, bio-diesel fuel, dry ice, machinery, food & beverages for patrons, banks, delivery services, recycling, and waste management – thereby injecting significant money into the local economy.
- During an engagement in a city, over 150 people are hired locally for a variety of jobs including box office ticket sellers, corporate hospitality hosts, ushers, food and beverage attendants, merchandising sales staff, kitchen attendants and prep-cooks, janitors and a receptionist. We also employ over 100 local stagehands to assist with the site set-up and tear down.
- The kitchen employs one touring kitchen manager and 3 cooks.
- Two performance medicine people (one performance medicine supervisor and one therapist) travel with the tour.