Cirque du Soleil AMALUNA: Houston Family Show

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       Cirque du Soleil's AMALUNA is now in Houston! The famous blue and yellow Big Top is up at Sam Houston Race Park for six weeks of shows from February 12 to March 22, 2015.   

     AMALUNA, which means Mother Moon, is a family-friendly show that features amazing new acrobatic acts and an important message for young people, especially girls. The show's cast is 70 percent women. "We've made a conscious effort to showcase the strength, grace and virtuosity of women," says Rowenna Dunn, publicist for AMALUNA. "It's not a political statement. It's to have that empowerment and know that you can achieve more than you thought. We do still face gender stereotypes. You don't need a man to save the day."

     AMALUNA is an island inhabited by different tribes of women and guided by goddesses. A storm causes a shipwreck, bringing men to the island, and consequently trials and romance. 

     Cirque du Soleil collaborated with Tony-Award winning director Diana Paulus to create Amaluna. "I didn't want to build a women's agenda show. I wanted to create a show with women at the center of it, something that had a hidden story that featured women as the heroines," she says. With her theater and opera background, Paulus merged a strong narrative and storyline with the fantastic feats of Cirque du Soleil artists - the contortionists, gymnasts, jugglers and dancers.

 

WATER BOWL & FAN FAVORITES

      What are audiences finding most unique and memorable about AMALUNA? Perhaps its water bowl centerpiece that weighs 5,500 pounds when filled! The water is heated to 98 degrees so the artists' muscles stay warm during dips.   

     "It's the first time we have had it. There's one act that is breathtaking. The contortionist first performs above the water bowl, then dives into the water bowl, swimming in the water for what seems like an endless amount of time, then finishes her act dripping wet. It truly shows incredible strength and stamina," says Dunn.
    Another fan favorite is the Teeterboard act with its seemingly impossible feats. The men defy gravity and reality as they launch into the air twisting and turning and tumbling, and then landing in a handstand on someone else's upturned palms.

  

HOUSTON & GYMNASTICS TRAINING

       With the popularity of gymnastics here in Houston, one Amaluna act that's sure to be a hit is the Uneven Bars - a fast-paced theatrical version of the classic gymnastics routine.

     "Two AMALUNA gymnasts, Lindsey Bruck and Melanie Sinclair have trained here in Houston. Sinclair trained with Bela Karolyi," says Dunn.

"It's not enough to sing and act. You now have to do acrobatics! You need musicality and artistry with athletic background."

       Other acts involve aerial straps series done high above the audience and extraordinary juggling and spinning stunts. Amaluna has been delighting audiences in the United States and Canada since it premiered in 2012. After Houston, Amaluna is crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Madrid, Spain. It's scheduled to tour in Europe for the next two to three years.

  

FREE FAMILY FOUR-PACK 

     ParentsPost.com and Cirque du Soleil are giving away a Free Family Four-Pack to Cirque du Soleil's AMALUNA for the show on Wednesday, February 18 at 8 p.m. at Sam Houston Race Park. To enter, write us through our contact form and type "AMALUNA" in the message box. A random winner will be selected on Thursday, February 12. We will notify the winner by email.


*AGE RECOMMENDATION from AMALUNA: All ages are welcome but note that the music is loud and there are moments of complete darkness during scene transitions.*





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