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Arlene Epstein
Cirque du Solei newest show "Amaluna was written by Diane Paulus, who is also directing the performances.

It was recently announced that last year, for the first time, the annual list of America’s richest billionaires had a lady CEO on the leader-board. Should that come as a surprise? In every walk of life women achievers are rapidly being recognized as the equals of their male counterparts — and now being honored for their vital contributions and accomplishments — not just in America but throughout the world.

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Amaluna’
Diane Paulus may not be a household name but is well on her way to becoming one. She’s a Tony winner for last year’s “Pippin” and “The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess” — already extended to May 18 — and now Paulus is also the writer and director of “Amaluna,” the newest edition of “Cirque du Soleil.”
For the first time in its history, Cirque” has a cast that is 70 percent women, and an all-female band! Director of Creation Fernand Rainville calls “Amaluna” “a tribute to the voice and work of women”— but writer/director Paulus says “I didn’t want to build a women’s agenda show … I wanted to create a show …that had a hidden story that featured women as the heroines.” For her concept Paulus turned to tales from Greek and Norse mythology, Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”
From the latter, “Amaluna” takes place on an island besieged by a storm caused by Prospero, where young men land on a place previously populated by only young women. A great love develops between Prospero’s daughter and a young suitor. And “Amaluna” is the tale of the challenging trials and setbacks (via feats of amazing acrobatics and their ilk) the couples must face on their road to loving harmony.


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