BY JOE MARVILLI
With the start of spring this week, a Cirque du Soleil show has landed in Queens to welcome the warmer weather.
“Amaluna” will hold its first performance on March 20 in its own mobile village outside of Citi Field. With the large tent visible from multiple highways, the yellow and blue spire of the Big Top will draw thousands of fans eager to see this performance piece over the next two months.
Written and directed by Diane Paulus, the production tells the story of a mysterious island ruled by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Queen Prospera directs her daughter Miranda’s coming-of-age celebration, in a display of femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance. Later on, Prospera causes a storm that leads a group of young men to land on the island. Her daughter winds up falling in love with a suitor, but their love tested by many challenges and setbacks.
Most notable about “Amaluna” is that it is the first female-centric show in Cirque du Soleil’s history. The cast is 70 percent female and the band is 100 percent female.
“The show is a reflection on balance from a woman’s perspective,” Paulus said. “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.”
Publicist Marc Thibodeau said that Cirque du Soleil chose to park their show outside Citi Field again due to its convenience.
“It’s a terrific location surrounded by various transportation options, close to all boroughs and Long Island,” he said.
As with all of their productions, this Cirque du Soleil show will feature acrobatic feats and inventive sets. Some of the acts you can expect to see at “Amaluna” are aerial straps, uneven bars, a Chinese pole performance and more.
Composers and arrangers Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard (AKA Bob and Bill) created a raw, contemporary sound for the show, features guitars, bass, drums, cello, vocals, keyboards and percussion.
Thibodeau said to expect “A terrific, transporting evening of wonder.”
Tickets for “Amaluna” are now on sale and can be purchased at tickets.cirquedusoleil.com. You can also call 1-800-450-1480. The show runs until May 11.
Reach Joe Marvilli at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or @Joey788.