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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.

Practice Makes Oh So Perfect

I was beyond excited to be invited to the dress rehearsal of Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the Mall of America.  It is the sixth Cirque show I’ve seen and decidedly my favorite to date.

As each act brought a different skill set, one could not help but think about how much these performers must have to practice.  The strength is obvious, but to see the perfect execution of moves that defy gravity and the ability of the human body is mind-boggling.

OVO was written and choreographed by Brazilian Deborah Colker and displayed stunning costumes and vibrant colors.   The acts were very serious, but presented in such a whimisical way that the entire show was filled with laughter, ohs, ahs, stunned silence and lots of clapping.

The show is definitely a not to be missed and runs until June 19th under the striped tent at Mall of America.  And if you do go to the show, I will say that “bouncing off the walls” is redefined in my favorite act of all.

As I was leaving, people were abuzz about working on their flexibility and their step definitely had a little more bounce.