I went with my family to the Amaluna Cirque du Soleil show at Marymoor Park in Redmond last night. Being our first Cirque du Soleil show, we didn’t know what to expect. We weren’t disappointed as it turn out to be a great family show. The venue was small and intimate and all the seats seemed to have nice close-up views.
The setting of Amaluna is a mysterious tropical island governed by Goddesses. The story centers on the queen’s daughter and her coming-of-age and courtship by a young man. Like any good love story, they must endure and overcome many obstacles before they eventually marry.
Some of my favorite performances of the show included:
“Manipulation” where a young woman delicately creates a tree composed of 13 precariously and precisely balanced palm leaf ribs. (I initially thought the ribs were from a whale rather than a palm leaf but later learned otherwise.) After the tree is completed, the woman takes away the smallest rib and the entire sculpture gracefully collapses in sequence.
“Storm” where a man and woman perform ballet-like moves while being suspended in mid-air by straps on one arm. Some of their moves required amazing strength and flexibility.
“Teeterboard” where a bunch of obviously very athletic guys launch each other high into the air, perform amazing spins and twists, and somehow manage to safely land on the opposite side of the seesaw. Like parkour with a seesaw.
I could only imagine the effort and number of hours of practice the performers put into the their acts. Given that most of the acts were done without safety ropes, I could see why practice and precision needs to be absolute. I was also quite impressed by the engineering effort involved in setting up the big tent and equipment needed to pull off the show.
A couple of things about Amaluna that I did not like as much. The music that accompanied the performances was fine but seemed repetitive (fast rock) after a while and the decibel level was way too loud. At times, I almost had to put my hands over my ears and we were sitting close to the back of the tent. Also, the clown performers were superfluous to the show — they weren’t funny or entertaining enough to warrant interrupting the rest of the performers.
If you are looking for family-friendly show that will capture the kids’ attention and yours, the Amaluna show at Cirque du Soleil is worth a trip.