Review: Cirque du Soleil Amaluna

Simply put, go see Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. You’ll see: tight rope walking in high heels, unreal juggling, balancing insanity, flying women soaring under the big top, beautiful light design — and much more. The show opened in Vancouver a few weeks ago, but will be running at their usual Concord Pacific lot until January 13 (tickets here).

Generally, Cirque du Soleil has set a pretty high bar for any show that comes through our town but this one in particular is definitely one of the better Cirque shows that our city has seen in a few years.

Taking place in a mysterious island governed by goddesses, Amaluna tells the story of a ship of men that end up shipwrecked on the island — and how one particular man falls in love with one of the women. While the show’s premise is always interesting, I find it comes secondary to the various performances that collectively make up the show. So if the storyline doesn’t sell you immediately, keep your mind open and be ready to be amazed.

The show’s intensity was broken with great comic relief from two clowns that fall in love, and give birth to mini-clown babies on stage! Best of all, Amaluna takes the oldest circus tricks of juggling and balancing and takes them to new, heightened levels that will leave audiences in awe.