Its Amaluna arrives at Royal Albert Hall this month, but opening next month is Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever UK arena tour of its signature production, Varekai.
Amaluna is a fantasy storybook whisked into life with twinkling lights, colourful costumes, a sea of acrobatic performers, and a rousing rock band. It’s not the story of The Tempest, but Shakespeare’s tale of magic, shipwreck, fear and love is a recognisable influence in the Cirque Du Soleil characters who, here on the parallel universe Isle of Amaluna, take a different journey.
Nearly twenty years ago, I went to my first Cirque du Soleil show in New York. A young teenager and already obsessed with theatre and performance, I was blown away by the colour and spectacle, having never seen anything like it before in the fourteen years that I’d been on this earth. I have no concrete memories of the show, just flashes of light and colour, and feeling impressed. I looked forward to see if Amaluna, inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, would live up to my juvenile memories.