Cirque du Soleil returns to Seattle with its latest big top production: Amaluna premiering on January 31, 2013 under the blue-and-yellow Big Top, at King County’s Marymoor Park. Directed by Diane Paulus, a renowned theatre director from New York, Amaluna had its world-premiere in Montreal in April 2012. Seattle will be Amaluna’s first stop in the United States and will be the 8th Big Top production to visit Seattle since 1990.
Amaluna marks the first time a Cirque du Soleil show works with an all-female group of musicians. With the strong presence of guitars, the overall sound is resolutely contemporary. Bass, drums, cello, vocals, keyboards, percussion support the guitars in delivering a direct music without embellishment. “We wanted to unleash the power in the raw state that artists and musicians bring to the stage,” explain BOB & BILL. BOB & BILL are known for their ability to blur the lines between genres and styles to create an intricately woven visual and musical style that supports the show’s narrative.
To help celebrate, Cirque du Soleil has released the soundtrack to Amaluna which features an all woman band performing some of the edgiest music to come out of the Cirque camp to date. The fourteen tracks that comprise Amaluna were all composed by Montreal duo Guy Dubuc and Mark Lassard (aka BOB & BILL). Watch a behind-the-scenes look in their interview below.
Cirque du Soleil has also released the compilation album LE BEST OF 2, a must-have collection of the finest music from the troupe’s most recent modern era: 2005 to today
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 land 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 presented by VISA, the presenting sponsor of the 2013 American tour of the show. Infiniti, CGI, Xerox and Sun Life Financial are the official sponsors.
Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.
Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.