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Cirque du Soleil ‘Amaluna’ coming to San Francisco (Preview)

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.

Teeterboard - Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil returns to San Francisco this fall. Look for the Blue and Yellow Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) next to AT&T Park as the show Amaluna swings into town, premiering on Friday, November 15th. We have a photo preview here (see below) with plenty of stunning eye candy. It’s Cirque, so why should we expect anything less?!

As always, there’s a rich and colorful story at the heart of Cirque’s 32nd production.

This one takes place on 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 lands 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.

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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.

After San Francisco, the show heads down 101 to San Jose where it will open January 22, 2014 at the Taylor Street Bridge.

WATCH: Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil Official Trailer

IN PHOTOS: Amaluna – Cirque du Soleil

Amaluna - Cirque du Soleil, San Francisco Preview

Water Bowl

Amaluna - Cirque du Soleil, San Francisco Preview

Clowns

Amaluna - Cirque du Soleil, San Francisco Preview

Peacock Dance

Amaluna - Cirque du Soleil, San Francisco Preview

Aerial Hoop

Amaluna - Cirque du Soleil, San Francisco Preview

Aerial Straps

Amaluna - Cirque du Soleil, San Francisco Preview

Teeterboard

Amaluna - Cirque du Soleil, San Francisco Preview

Icarian Games and Water meteors

Amaluna - Cirque du Soleil, San Francisco Preview

Juggling

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Photo Credit: Laurence Labat