After seeing Amaluna, Cirque Du Soleil's new work, I just couldn't help but dedicate a few lines to it.
The show I attended was one of the general rehearsals preceding the actual performance, which will premiere April 19th, 2012.
Walking, ticket in hand, towards le Grand Chapiteau, a huge heated tent which will host the show for the next two months, I was transported by the typical itch that a passionate of time philosophy will experience at the idea of opening the glass door of a pendulum clock.
The setting, in its simple bamboo-like patterns, was itself a work of art evoking the romantic, dangerous, and fable-like atmosphere of a tropical island.
Yet, I could never have expected the degree of marvel that was to follow.
A spectacle of lights and flying little creatures suddenly floating around, complex acrobatic exercises performed in and on the edge of a glass hemisphere full of water; a white swan whose mysterious grace would fascinate and condemn to unfulfilled love any sensitive soul and the shady charms of a lizard that turned into a most dexterous and disquieting evil juggler hindering with his powers the love between a gracious creature and a modern-times young Ulysess; blue erinyes flying in like dei ex machina and elegant dancers tangoing on suspended ropes; a young bride kidnapped from the sky and her lover desperately climbing up a pole to rescue her; curious and beautiful cyclogynaikas gliding around on their wheeled foot and skillful women acrobats in red maillots spellbinding the audience.
Throughout the show, my mind was haunted by the most colorful adjectives and it anticipated writing this article.
To draw a comparison, I could say I was involved in a mixture of Avatar and Greek mythology with a sprinkle of Alice in Wonderland, The Golden Ass, and a pinch of The Never Ending Story to taste. The difference is that no special effects were used, the performance was much, much more touching and encompassing, and the performers some among the best in the world.
I would watch the show over and over again.
Have you heard of Cirque Du Soleil?
Have you ever watched one of their shows?