5 Reasons to See Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Amaluna’

Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna is now under the big top in CitiField in Queens. The female-centric show follows Miranda, a young girl coming of age on an island of goddesses, as she falls in love with sailor Romeo who is shipwrecked on the island after a storm. All of this happens under the watchful eye of her mother, Queen Prospera, and her nanny, who provides the comic relief. Typical of Cirque du Soleil, you will leave wondering just how the feats were humanly possibly. Amaluna runs through May 18th. Here are five reasons not to miss it.

The Moon Goddess and Miranda perform an intricate dance around -- and above -- the water bowl in 'Amaluna'  (Photo: Laurence Labat)

The Moon Goddess and Miranda perform an intricate dance around — and above — the water bowl in ‘Amaluna’ (Photo: Laurence Labat)

The show comes to you
There is no fourth wall in Amaluna, with performers mingling in the stands before start time (take a close look at the intricate, hand-made costumes) and a lucky (or is it an unlucky) audience member makes it up on stage.

You’ll see the show from all angles, no matter where you sit
The deceptively intimate space under the tent seats 2,600 in a horse-shoe configuration, putting everyone on top of the action. And the turntable stage means you’ll see the show from all angles without leaving your chair.

There is a hard-rock edge
Amaluna features an all-female band (a first for a Cirque du Soleil show) and the score is heavy on the drums and electric guitars. Prospera wows by playing the cello while soaring above the stage perched on a half-moon.

The acrobatics (of course)
This is Cirque du Soleil after all. Female warriors fly off uneven bars, the male castaways flip and twist off a teeterboard and Romeo climbs up (and slides down) a pole using sheer strength. A waterbowl is also brought center stage, with the Moon Goddess performing above on a swinging ring, and Miranda contorting in a how-is-that-possible hand-balancing act on the rim of the bowl.

The quiet moments are equally impressive
Cirque du Soleil’s thrilling acrobatics are the main draw, but it’s the show’s quietest act that will have you at the edge of your seat. A hush falls over the crowd as the perfectly named Balance Goddess creates a mobile out of 13 palm leaf ribs, adding one after another with complete calm and focus.