Waiting to Exhale

amaluna

If you’ve ever been to a Cirque du Soleil show, you know that there is always a nervous energy in the crowd.  And even though this is the seventh show I’ve seen, each show is like a first because you have no idea what to expect.

Amaluna was visually one of the prettiest Cirque shows I’ve seen.  Perhaps because the set and costumes were a bit more on the minimalist side.

amaluna riding the moon

amaluna hand stand

The beauty of Amaluna is the balance that is struck between strength and the softness of movement.

amaluna parallel bars

But every Cirque show has at least one major show stopper and that had to be the balancing act.

The stage was black and as the lights came on, a woman came into view standing amidst a pile of bones.  Bones?  Yes.  Bones, ranging in size from maybe a foot and half to over ten feet.

amaluna balancing bones

She picks up the smallest bone and proceeds to pick up the next bone with her foot and rest the smallest bone on the larger bone.  One by one, she rests each bone on to the next.

The amount of precision and concentration made the crowd hold their breath.  We were afraid to breathe for fear of causing a shift in the air.

By far, this was my favorite single act of all the Cirque shows I’ve seen as it exuded beauty, strength, softness, drama and suspense. But also because the vulnerability of the performer was for all to see and that is such a beautiful thing.  After her performance, I asked “How many times did she have to fail until she nailed it?”  It still leaves me breathless to think about.

Amaula is at Mall of America until October 20, 2013.  For more information, click here.

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