Calgary Herald

New Cirque show an ‘homage to women’

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performanc­e • The upcoming Cirque du Soleil production Amaluna will be a love story inspired by Greek mythology, Amazonian warrior women and Shakespear­e, featuring 70 per cent female performers.

“The story of Amaluna is about a young daughter becoming a woman, and all the great goddesses and women who come to participat­e in this ceremoniou­s right of passage,” said the show’s director, Diane Paulus, following its unveiling on Wednesday.

According to Paulus, the 50 artists from 15 different countries featured in Amaluna have been in rehearsal since January, “working 14-hour days.”

The story, modelled after Shakespear­e’s final play, The Tempest, tracks the romance between a shaman queen’s daughter and a prince, on a remote island called Amaluna. Paulus, who has been working on the show for two years, said it will be an “homage to women.”

Amaluna opens in Montreal April 19, Toronto, Sept. 6, and Vancouver Nov. 23. Tickets can be purchased at cirqueduso­leil.com.

 ?? Vincenzo D’alto, Postmedia News ?? Permormers present Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna in Montreal.
Vincenzo D’alto, Postmedia News Permormers present Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna in Montreal.

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