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New Cirque du Soleil show 'Amaluna' to play big top at MOA

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Cirque du Soleil is returning to the Twin Cities this fall with its latest production "Amaluna," the MOA announced Monday.

The show will premiere Sept. 26 under the blue-and-yellow Big Top at Mall of America in the mall's north parking lot, and runs through Oct. 20.

Tickets go on sale June 7.

A description of the show from the press release:

"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 land on the island, triggering an epic, 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. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.

See a video preview for "Amaluna" below.

The show, directed by Tony Award-nominated Broadway director Diane Paulus, "Amaluna" held its world premiere Montreal in April 2012.

"Amaluna" -- which features 48 artist from 15 different countries -- is a groundbreaking production for Cirque du Soleil in that its cast is 70 percent female and band is 100 percent female.

"'Amaluna' is a tribute to the work and voice of women," director of creation Fernand Rainville said in the press release. "The show is a reflection on balance from a woman’s perspective."

Paulus added that the show "is less about feminism and more about reconnecting to our world in a different way."

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