Cirque du Soleil presented ‘Amaluna’ to us here in Manchester at the intu Trafford Centre yesterday, an incredible night of stunning scenery and shocking stunts that left us totally in awe, sitting at the edge of our seats.
Guided by the moon and set on a mysterious island ruled by Goddesses, the story is inspired by Greek and Norse mythology and Shakespeare’s The Tempest, glorifying the power of love and the voice of women. Written and directed by Tony Award-winning Diane Paulus, and being Cirque Du Soleil’s 33rd production, Amaluna truly lived up to its expectations.
Bringing light to the pitch-black darkness were the lizards, who performed a cerceau act creating a human tower and jumped through hoops from unimaginable heights. Next were the three Goddesses who stunned the audience and introduced the art of aerial straps, elevating the scenes. With precision, skill and stunts that could kill, they twirled their way back to the floor of the stage and were greeted by cheers and a round of applause. It then lead to the romance between Miranda and a young suitor, a story that consisted of a series of unforgettable, picturesque scenes, some of which were the highlight of our night.
There were several other routines included that impressed us last night. However, there was one performance that truly stole the show. The show progressed and there was a hand-balancing routine performed by the character Miranda,who swam elegantly in the giant waterbowl-the production resembling a magical orb. With dramatic splashes of water and angelic, gymnastic moves, these nerve-wracking yet powerful displays represented the excellence produced by hard work, talent, dedication and originality.
So what did we think?
We would like to thank Cirque Du Soleil for such a wonderful show!
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