Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna will soon be appearing at Boston Marine Industrial Park. Showing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 29 through June 29, Amaluna transports audiences to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses. The show tells the tale of Queen Prospera and her daughter, who is having a coming-of-age ceremony representing renewal, balance and rebirth. In the midst of it all, a group of young men land on the island. An epic love story between one of these young men and Prospera’s daughter soon begins, during which time they face numerous obstacles that test their faith, trust and harmony.
This touring show is one of the newest to be added to the Cirque du Soleil lineup, having premiered in Montreal on April 19, 2012. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the show was created and directed by Diane Paulus. The show is particularly unique in that 70% of the cast is female.
As is typical of Cirque du Soleil shows, the stage for Amaluna is also quite complex. In addition to having tree branches that frame the stage and reach out toward the audience, the center of the stage is on a mechanism that allows it to revolve. There is also a carousel suspended above the stage that is capable of rotating. While there are no visual effects with the show, there are numerous moving parts and mechanisms used for acrobatics. The acrobatic winch located in the center of the carousel, for example, is capable of lifting up to 1,000 pounds at a speed of 10 feet per second. The show also features a massive waterbowl that is 5 feet 5 inches tall and 7 feet 3 inches in diameter, when filled with water, the bowl weighs an impressive 5,500 pounds. The carousel, which weighs 6,000 pounds, measures 25 feet in diameter.
The show will take place at the Boston Marine Industrial Park at 6 Tide Street. Owned by the city’s Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC), the Boston Marine Industrial Park is a 191 acre site situated on the South Boston Waterfront. The site was previously an Army and Navy base, but had been abandoned until it was granted to the EDIC. Since then, the area has undergone continual development.
Tickets to the show can be purchased at the Cirque du Soleil website. Prices start at around $40 per adult and $30 per child.