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Cirque du Soleil in Edmonton: Amaluna Dazzles

With 19 different productions currently performing around the world, it’s likely you’ve heard of the much-hyped Cirque du Soleil shows.

Now’s your chance to see Cirque du Soleil in Edmonton — for the first time under the signature yellow-and-blue striped Grand Chapiteau Big Top Tent — with its production of Amaluna from May 29, 2013 – June 23, 2013.

WHERE Edmonton attended the premiere of Cirque du Soleil Edmonton on May 29, 2013 and had a fantastic time at the show — it’s well worth the price of admission. The upbeat music, stunning visual elements, and jaw-dropping, I-can’t-believe-they’re-doing-that stunts make Amanula a show that you have to see to truly believe — there’s an immersive, dazzling energy to the show that is simply felt and cannot be described. And, yes, the hype these shows get is well deserved!

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Whether you’ve seen multiple other Cirque shows or thinking Amaluna should be your first, here’s what you need to know:

1. It’s More Than a Traditional Circus: You’re not just going to see some guy standing and juggling at a Cirque show — in Amaluna, for instance, you’ll see a man costumed as a lizard standing atop a glass pool of water, juggling while contorting his body, while one of the other characters lights one of the juggling objects on fire. Whatever your expectations for the show are, prepare to be surprised.

2. Each Show is Different: Each of the 19 productions has its own costumes, original live music score, storyline, cast of characters, set, special effects, and execution of stunts and acrobatics. In Amaluna, an all-female band sets the beat of the show with an edgy, rock sound; the set is designed to look like an island with immersive, flowering lights overhead; the characters are costumed to resemble non-human, reptillian-like creature and gorgeous Greek goddesses; and the stunts include acts like aerialists, contortionists, elaborate juggling, and balancing acts.

3. Popular Stories Inspire Each Theme: Every production has a narrative that connects the acts and inspires the set, music, and costumes — Love in Las Vegas is inspired by the music of the Beatles, and Iris in Los Angeles is inspired by classic Hollywood movies. Amaluna’s storyline is inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Greek mythology. If you’re interested in or familiar with the stories, you’ll appreciate the clever references in the production. However, the references are so subtle that they don’t complicate or overwhelm the storyline.

4. There are Touring Shows and Resident Shows: There are resident shows in Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, and Orlando that are performed on a regular basis. Touring shows — like Amaluna — travel to different cities for limited engagements. So, if you’re visiting Edmonton, don’t miss this opportunity to catch Amaluna!

5. Already seen a Cirque show or two? Amaluna is still worth a view. Repeat visitors can expect the same top-quality performance and attention to detail seen in other Cirque du Soleil shows in an array of unique costumes, set, music, and storyline. Plus, the mesmerizing Balance Goddess stunt  is exclusive to this show and was an absolutely incredible feat to see performed live. Set to a hypnotic soundtrack, the stunt kept me in suspense as I wasn’t quite sure what would happen next. As the stunt progresses it gets more and more elaborate and more and more awe-inspiring. Expertly performed by Lara Jacobs Rigolo, the prop used in the stunt was designed by her father and is not used in any other Cirque shows. To describe something as “breath taking” is usually hyperbolic but, in this case, no description could be more appropriate.

Cirque du Soleil Amaluna is in Edmonton, AB May 29, 2013 – June 23, 2013. Shows run Wednesday – Saturday at 8 pm nightly — with an additional matinee performance at 4 pm on Saturdays — and at 1 pm and 5 pm on Sundays. Ticket prices range from $58.50 – $148.50 (VIP experience); family packages are available for $178 for a family of four. Purchase tickets online or by calling 1-800-450-1480.

Enjoy the show!

— Breanna Mroczek 

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