Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil…
Is back in London; at the Royal Albert Hall – opened on the 12th January and running until the 4th February 2017. Yesterday we went along to the opening show and were treated to a most amazing performance – Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna is not just fun, it’s absolutely mesmerising!!
The show is set on the island of Amaluna which is ruled by goddesses and tells the story of the Queen’s daughter coming of age and falling in love. The show is a real celebration of women with Ama referring to the word “mother” and luna “moon” it is packed full of feminine symbols. With the majority of the cast being female and 100% of the musicians this message is not forced but genuine and unmistakeable. The strength of the performer’s physical ability, beauty of their form and incredible talent is powerful and inspiring.
I took both the older children 10 & 12 who both sat, like us in stunned silence ready to applaud the incredible acts but not wanting to break concentration. Whilst my 10-year-old daughter was enchanted by the entire thing as expected I wasn’t quite as sure what the 12-year-old would make of it. He described it as ‘pretty good’ which believe me, for a 12-year-old boy is a great complement!
The acts of the show weave a display of amazing skills into the story, the Goddesses fly on Aerial Straps as they create the storm which causes the sailors to be shipwrecked on the island. The fierce Amazon women use the Uneven bars to display their strength to the sailors who are captured and have to use to Teeterboard to leap for freedom. Then there’s the captivating Waterbowl which is as incredible as it is novel and beautiful.
As silly as it may sound, I really enjoyed that as incredible and gravity defying the acts were I wasn’t made to fear that I was about to see someone break their neck at any point. It may sound boring but I don’t enjoy that kind of fear. E even commented that he wasn’t worried when Romeo slides head first down a pole because he knows he’s a professional. I knew what he meant, they almost made these death defying acts look easy putting the audience at ease.
Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna is the first show we’ve seen at The Royal Albert Hall and it is more than complementary to this awesome venue. For full show times, tickets, pricing and more information visit www.cirquedesoleil.com