The new Cirque du Soleil show, "Amaluna," which is Cirque's first show celebrating women, has just opened at Citi Field. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
Cirque du Soleil's newest show, "Amaluna," celebrates women with top female circus performers as the main stars. Plus, it has a top female theater director at its helm, and Tony Award winner Diane Paulus is definitely bringing some new tricks to the big top.
"What I can bring to it as a theater director was, what about the emotion? What about the acting?" Paulus says. "And the great discovery was, these circus artists that are in the show were dying to be actors. They were dying to play characters and to be challenged."
This isn't completely new ground for the theater vet. Paulus brought the circus to the theater with her 2013 Tony Award-winning revival of "Pippin." Now, she's bringing theater to the circus without the constraints of a Broadway house.
Paulus: As a director, when you're thinking, 'How do I want someone to exit?' I have an option of 62 feet up in the air. That's pretty fun.
Simon: Stage left all of a sudden seems kind of boring.
Paulus: How about above?
While many of us once dreamed of running off with the circus, Paulus always wanted to direct one.
"It's that glorious architecture of a circular stage and everyone surrounding under one tent, and you just feel a part of a community," she says. "And I just think that's one of the most important aspects of theater."
All that spectacle on stage is just part of the production.
"Literally, we travel with our own village. We have 65 trucks of equipment. It will take us seven-and-a-half days to set it up and two-and-a-half days to tear it down, and more than 200 workers a day to make it all happen," says Jamie Reilly, company manager for "Amaluna."
The tent goes us up mostly by hand.
"We haven't reinvented that part of it because it's part of the roots and the circus traditions that we have kept to stay true to who we are as a circus," Reilly says.
The circus is in town through May 18. For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna.