Have you ever been transcended into something so beautiful that you just couldn’t breathe? Oh, no? Well, I’m sorry to hear that. I experienced that tonight as I watched Cirque du Soleil’s newest creation, Amaluna. Debuting in 2012, this show has brought beauty and grace to the already magnificent show experience that Cirque has to offer. Showcasing the work and strong voice of women, the power of femininity takes its place in the world with no sign of stepping back. Although femininity is a strong selling point to the show, its main purpose is to show us how to reconnect to the world we live in a different way. And, let me tell you, it certainly was amazingly different.

There are some powerhouse performances that will literally make your drop your $8 popcorn. Believe me, you’ll want nothing holding you down as you sit in awe at the amount of control and creativity these performers possess. There were two acts that truly lifted me from my seat: the Balance Goddess and the Valkyries on aerial straps. Don’t worry, you’ll know them when you see them. Without giving too much away, The Balance Goddess creates a sense of equilibrium and balance (of course) through the use of a mobile. I won’t tell you what the mobile is made out of, or what she does with it…but just know, it is breathtaking. And that is what captivated me.  You lose your breath while you watch her remain in complete control of hers. Another beautiful act was the flight of the Valkyries. This wasn’t a simple aerial act. Oh no, Cirque doesn’t do simple. During the scene, the Valkyries, along with Cali (the cutest lizard-man you ever did see), are flying out over the audience and all around the stage. That’s great, right? But what if I told you they were completing these flights while attached to a rotating set element high above them? I told you, Cirque is about the challenge and I love it.

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I would tell you more about the show, but I don’t want to ruin it for you. I certainly cannot do it justice. I want to tell you more, but there’s just so much for you to see. It is visually stunning with an even more stunning score. There was nothing in this show that touched me negatively…except when I had to shove my way to the restrooms during intermission.

This is literally one of my favorite Cirque shows. Any other show that I see after this one has a lot to live up to, in my opinion. With a cast of 70% women and a 100% female band, I am all about girl power. But we knew this already…

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The show is at Atlantic Station until November 30th. You have time to see it. Tell you what, you should go see it after your Thanksgiving meal so it can motivate you to get into the gym after you’ve eaten that third drumstick.

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Enjoy the show under the Grand Chapiteau!

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