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Sweet Amaluna; The Way Circuses Should Be

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Amaluna, a Cirque du Soleil show that was beautifully costumed
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One thing about Cirque du Soleil shows. They are reliably enjoyable and entertaining. I saw the opening night for Amaluna, about my fifth or sixth Cirque du Soleil show, and it was another winner.

I brought a friend who'd never been to one before and he loved it. As I was leaving I saw a mom with a toddler and asked her his age and if he enjoyed it. "He's almost five and he loved it," she replied. My friend told me the show made his day one of the best of the summer. He really liked the idea of a circus that doesn't exploit animals.

So, yes, Cirque du Soleil is a circus, with a lot of acrobatics, juggling, silkwork and clowns. But frankly, I don't usually think of it that way. I think of it as a musical performance with amazing costumes, choreography and visuals, and by the way, it's a circus.


An amazing balancing act at Amaluna, a Cirque du Soleil show
An amazing balancing act at Amaluna, a Cirque du Soleil show
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This one, like many of those I've been to, was performed under a giant tent, with a collection of other tents surrounding, for the waiting and concessions area. Being under a tent, the venue was not that big, so every seat was good.at this show at the Philly Expo Center in Oaks, PA. (I've been to CdS shows in bigger venues too though.)

The show, like most CdS shows offers a loose story beautifully portrayed with great music and performances.


Amaluna, a Cirque du Soleil show
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Another thing I really like about Cirque du Soleil is they come to the audience, literally performing in the aisles, even at the back. That makes you, as a member of the audience, feel more connected to the show. Another pleasant surprise was when I shared some photos on my Instagram accoun t, some of the performers actually checked out my photos and "liked" them.


I can't wait to go to my next Cirque du Soleil show.


 

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Purely delightful essay. Thanks

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