New Cirque du Soliel show Amaluna, a ‘homage to women’

“An homage to women”

National Post | Arts

The upcoming Cirque du Soleil production Amaluna will be a love story inspired by Greek mythology, Amazonian warrior women and Shakespeare, featuring 70% female performers.

“The story of Amaluna is about a young daughter becoming a woman, and all the great goddesses and women who come to participate in this ceremonious right of passage,” the show’s director, Diane Paulus, said following its unveiling in Montreal on Wednesday.

After Cirque du Soleil told Paulus they were interested in creating a “big top show that was a homage to women,” she began to brew ideas combining female Greek goddesses like Juno, Demeter and Persephone with more contemporary literary inspirations, specifically Shakespeare’s final play The Tempest.

Paulus said The Tempest‘s male protagonist Prospero has been modified in Amaluna to Prospera, a shaman Queen who lives in exile with her daughter on the remote island of Amaluna. Prospera then causes a storm…

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