Tony Winner Diane Paulus Will Direct Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna, an Acrobatic Tribute to the Voice of Women

By Michael Gioia
November 6, 2013

Diane Paulus, who took home the 2013 Tony Award for her work on the Broadway revival of Pippin, will direct the New York return of Cirque du Soleil, Amaluna — an acrobatic tribute to the work and voice of women — which will begin performances March 20 at Citi Field in Queens.



For the first time in Cirque du Soleil's history, the cast will be 70 percent female.

"Amaluna is less about feminism and more about reconnecting to our world in a different way," said director Paulus (The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Hair) in a statement.

Cirque director of creation Fernand Rainville added, "Amaluna is a tribute to the work and voice of women. The show is a reflection on balance from a woman's perspective."

Amaluna, according to Cirque, "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."

The word Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to "mother" in many languages, and luna, which means "moon," a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. Amaluna is also the name of the mysterious island where the story unfolds.

The Cirque show had its world premiere in April 2012 in Montreal.

Pre-sale tickets are available online exclusively to Cirque Club members at CirqueClub.com. Tickets will be available to the general public beginning Nov. 15 and are available for performances through April 13.

For more information, visit CirqueDuSoleil.com/Amaluna.