After viewing Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna performance last week, several bloggers and I were treated to an exclusive Q&A to find out more about the show. We gained lots of information from the PR rep and head of wardrobe for Amaluna. They answered all of our questions, and it was amazing to get a “behind the scenes” look!
Overview of Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna
Amaluna 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 lands 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.
Interesting Facts About Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna
1. There are 46 artists in the entire Amaluna show, and the group represents 17 nationalities. It is certainly a show featuring people from around the world! A wide age range is represented as well – with the youngest artist being 16 and the oldest being mid-60s.
2. The entire traveling group includes 114 people. It takes 62 trucks to move the people and all of the props, costumes, and everything else needed for the show to run successfully. The artists also have their own kitchen staff that travels with them.
3. Amaluna consists of 982 costume pieces. All parts of the costumes are made in Montreal and shipped to the artists on location.
4. Every artist does his/her own makeup for the show.
5. The tattoos seen on the Amaluna artists’ faces used to be hand painted on before each performance. Now, every artist gets a body scan done by a computer and laser. A mold is then made from plastic with the tattoo design cut out. This is used to airbrush the tattoo directly on the artist’s body.
6. The cast for Cirque du Soleil shows is sometimes found by scouts that are sent to athletic events. They need strong people who are very disciplined and flexible. Other members may be from a long line of circus performers within a family. It’s not uncommon to have 4th or 5th generation performers. Some cast members may have less than a week to train before they are added to the show.
7. Amaluna’s cast is 70% women, whereas most Cirque du Soleil shows are 60-70% men. Amaluna is the first performance to feature a 100% female band.
8. The most challenging part of the presentation is the huge waterbowl. When full, it weighs 4,000 pounds! It takes 4 hours to fill, and it is only filled once per city. The bowl features a filtration system to keep the water clean for all performances in a given city.
9. 100-120 locals are hired in each city that Amaluna is performed in. These people become ushers, cashiers, hospitality services, or may assist the wardrobe or kitchen staff.
10. It is estimated that 165,000 people will enjoy the presentation of Amaluna while it is at Atlantic Station in Atlanta!
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