Cirque Du Soleil - Amaluna - Digi-Steve Photography

Cirque Du Soleil - Amaluna

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @200mm

Last Monday I got an invite from a good friend to go and see Cirque Du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall In London. Cirque Du Soleil has always been on my to do list so I was over the moon with the invite. London here I come!

Cirque Du Soleil - Amaluna 

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 mother-daughter relationship and the idea of the goddess and protector of the planet. Amaluna is also the name of the mysterious island where this story unfolds. 

Amaluna is 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 the storm 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 their love 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.

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/320 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/320 s @200mm

The Acts

Aerial Straps

These amazing artists fly out over the audience on straps suspended from the Carousel, a rotating set element high above them. This act calls for incredible skills and physical strength to move at high velocity through 360 degrees.

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/500 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/500 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @200mm

Clown Act

This very talented duo entertain the audience whilst the stage is being set up for the next act. The story is that they fall in love headover-heels and pretty soon they are starting a family. They kept me amused!

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/200 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/200 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/160 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/160 s @200mm

Cerceau and Waterbowl

The main character Miranda, Prospera's daughter, discovers her own physicality as she performs an amazing hand-balancing act routine before diving and snaking through the water.

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @188mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @188mm

Uneven Bars

These Amazon ladies perform a fast-paced theatrical version of the classic gymnastic routine.

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/125 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/125 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @135mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @135mm

Balance Goddess

The Balance Goddess created a world in equilibrium with a mobile made of thirteen palm leaf ribs. Her movements are slow, deliberate and almost meditative as she concentrates all her attention on this breathtaking structure. She then removes the smallest piece and everything disintegrates.

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/160 s @176mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/160 s @176mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/160 s @149mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/160 s @149mm

Juggling

Very impressive act with balls that drop in ever greater numbers from the sky above.

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/500 s @104mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/500 s @104mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/500 s @200mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/500 s @200mm

Teeterboard

These young men launch themselves high into the air, twisting and turning in a playful high-speed attempts to escape from gravity. They pull off several seemingly impossible feats, like landing in a handstand on another performer's upturned palms!

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @87mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @87mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @100mm

Iso 3200, f/4, 1/400 s @100mm

And many more stunning acts to keep you entertained for the evening...

REVIEW

Amaluna was a great show full of spectacular acts that require incredible skills. Some of the acts perform routines that you wouldn't think is possible! Besides the many super talented performers we were treated with a visually stunning wardrobe of parade uniforms for the more theatrical moments and performance costumes when they perform their acts. 

The music was performed live by a 100% female band. Guitars are very present the overall sound is resolutely contemporary. Bass, drums, cello, vocals, keyboard, percussion support the guitars in delivering a direct music without embellishment.

I highly recommend Cirque Du Soleil - Amaluna. It was that good I would go see it again!


Cirque Du Soleil is at the Royal Albert Hall till the 26 February 2017

Book your tickets HERE



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