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I'll never forget it. Dancers wearing elaborate costumes... flying in the air... to music so captivating it grabbed our attention and never let go. That was my first Cirque du Soleil experience - Alegria at MGM's Beau Rivage Casino Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi during a family vacation with my parents and sister.
I loved the performance so much, I bought the CD. I listened to the music on repeat late at night and into the wee hours of the morning while writing every term paper in college. The upbeat tunes kept me motivated and gave me inspiration as I pushed forward to type each word.
After I graduated, we took another family trip. This time to Vegas. That's where we saw our second Cirque du Soleil show - Mystere at Treasure Island. It was just as awe-inspiring as Alegria. Powerful music with performers doing amazing things. My sister and I were completely engaged during the entire show. Meanwhile, we look over at my mom and she's sleeping. Almost so soundly that she's snoring. We couldn't believe it! How could you fall asleep during such a magnificent experience? She blamed it on our early flight. Sure. It was the flight. But again, this is the same person that would fall asleep during NFL and MLB games... while we sat in the stadium!
Soon, you can sit in a stadium and watch Cirque du Soleil in Miami! Keep reading to find out how to get $25 off tickets and a chance to win a set of 4.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL RETURNS TO MIAMI WITH AMALUNA
After the remarkable success of TOTEM in 2013, Cirque du Soleil returns to Miami with one of its newest touring shows, Amaluna, which will premiere on December 11 under the iconic blue and yellow Big Top at Sun Life Stadium. Miami is one of only four tour stops. The others are Houston, Madrid, Spain and Brussels, Belgium.
Written and directed by Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus, Cirque du Soleil's 33rd production Amaluna is a celebration of love and a tribute to the work and voice of women.
The New York Times urges; "The display of female strength is a lovely thing". New York Post boasts; "gorgeous visuals and dazzling circus acts", and San Francisco Chronicle described Amaluna as; "sumptuously designed and invigoratingly female-powered".
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 honors 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 washes ashore the island, triggering an epic and 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 and the couple must face numerous demanding trials before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.
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 the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. Amaluna is also the name of the mysterious island where this magical story unfolds.
A TRIBUTE TO THE WORK AND VOICE OF WOMEN
For the first time in Cirque du Soleil's history, Amaluna features a cast that comprises 70% women, with a 100% all-female band. "Amaluna is a tribute to the work and voice of women", explains Director of Creation Fernand Rainville. "The show is a reflection on balance from a women's perspective", he adds. Writer and Director Diane Paulus, winner of a 2013 Tony Award (Pippin) and recently named as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2014, says; "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." Paulus drew from a series of classical influences when creating the concept of the show, including tales from Greek and Norse mythology, Mozart's The Magic Flute and Shakespeare's The Tempest.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Some 30 years ago, Cirque du Soleil was but a dream. It was the dream of a small community of travelling performers who would do anything to share their love of the stage, of circus and the of the world. The family has since grown and now includes thousands of dreamers - creators, artists, technicians and workers who toil in the shadows. The dream has become a symbol of Quebec pride, an international entertainment company that has brought 35 large-scale shows to life - 20 of which are still in operation. The company, which celebrated it's 30th anniversary in June 2014, has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents.Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees worldwide, including 1,300 performers from more than 50 different countries.
I personally love how each Cirque du Soleil show has it's own story, theme and costumes to match. Looking at these pictures and watching the video below makes me so excited to share this experience with NewsyDad who has never seen a Cirque performance. If you're looking to go, we're giving away tickets!
Tickets are available by going here or by calling 1-877-9-CIRQUE. But we are offering a special CYBER WEEK discount - click here to get $25 off tickets. Sale ends Sunday, December 7. The show runs December 11 to January 25.
We are offering Newsy Parents readers an opportunity to win four tickets to a Cirque Du Soleil's Amaluna performance in January. Giveaway ends December 11th at 12:00 a.m., open to U.S. residents, ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!
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