Thirty-two. Thirty-two times I witnessed my 5 year old’s jaw drop in disbelief while experiencing his first ever Cirque du Soleil show, Amaluna. From the moment the lights went down, the music started and the performers started to take the stage underneath that giant yellow and blue striped tent, he was simply mesmerized.
While Cirque du Soleil has been in Miami before, and even though we had taken The Little Made Man to Las Vegas, we had been hesitant to buy tickets for a Cirque du Soleil show in the past. We questioned ourselves: “Was he old enough for it? Would he understand what was going on? Would he be scared?” Last year, we did take him to see the Blue Man Group in Las Vegas and he loved it. This summer, we took him to Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway in New York, and he also loved that. With Cirque du Soleil’s return to Miami this winter for their newest show, Amaluna, we finally felt he was ready. After watching jaw drop number eighteen, I felt strong pangs of parenting regret for not giving him the gift of Cirque du Soleil sooner. Another family who are friends of ours took their 2 year old daughter, and I watched her, thumb in her mouth, sitting on Mommy’s lap and just staring. Staring at everything and trying to take it all in. After the show, she told us how much she loved the “beautiful dresses.” So if you, like me, are concerned your children are too young, don’t be. I saw plenty of little ones in laps and sitting on boosters that Cirque readily provided for young guests. At no time did I hear even one screaming, crying baby in the entire big-top tent.
Cirque du Soleil Amaluna will only be showing for a short period in Miami, ending it’s run on January 25th, 2015 at Sun Life Stadium. This is the perfect opportunity to let your children experience the magic of Cirque du Soleil, maybe for them it will be their first time as well? Maybe it’s your first time? Cirque du Soleil changes their stories every year, so this will be your only chance to see the Amaluna show in Miami.
While the highlight of Amaluna for me was watching The Little Made Man experience it, the highlight for him was seeing a performer take a sky-drop down a pole and stopping about six inches from the floor, using only the strength of his legs. (That moment was not only a jaw-dropping moment, it was also a hands-to-the-sides-of-your-face moment.)
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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 washes ashore the island, triggering an epic and 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 and the couple must face numerous demanding trials before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony.
Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which refers to “mother” in many languages, and luna, which means “moon”; a symbol of femininity that evokes both the mother-daughter relationship and the idea of goddess and protector of the planet. Amaluna is also the name of the mysterious island where this magical story unfolds.
Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna When: December 11, 2014 – January 25th, 2015 Where: Next to Sun Life Stadium, Miami Tickets: Prices vary. More info: www.cirquedusoleil.com a Rafflecopter giveaway
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