Adaptor 1 Rainville, Fernand
Adaptor 2 Paulus, Diane
Date of First Production April 19th - July 15th 2012
Title Amaluna
Director Diane Paulus
Place of First Production Port de Québec, Montreal, QC
Production Company Cirque de Soleil
Technical Design/Direction
Sets and Prop Designer: Scott Pask
Costume Designer: Mérédith Caron
Composers: Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard
Sound Designer: Jacques Boucher
Lighting Designer: Matthieu Larivée
Choreographer: Karole Armitage
Acrobatic Choreographers: Debra Brown and Caitlan Maggs
Acrobatic Performance Designer: Rob Bollinger
Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer: Fred Gérard
Props Designer: Patricia Ruel
Makeup Designer: Eleni Uranis
Dramaturge: Randy Weiner
Prospera: Julie Andrea McInnes
Miranda: Iuliia Mykhailova
Romeo: Edouard Doye
Cali: Viktor Kee
Jeeves and Deeda: Natalie Claude and Josepa (Pepa) Plana Llort
Year Play Written 2012
Performance History 2012, September 6th – November 4th Toronto, ON, Under the Grand Chapiteau at The Port Lands

2012, November 23rd – December 9th Vancouver, BC, Concord Pacific Place

2013, January 13th – February 24th Seattle, WA, King County’s Marymoor Park (in Redmond, WA)

2013, Edmonton, AB

Adaptor 1 Biography A prolific actor and director, Fernand Rainville has been active on the Quebec cultural scene for over 25 years. He made his mark in the theatre world by directing over a hundred creative and repertory theatre plays, both contemporary and classical, as well as large-scale variety shows such as the bilingual production of Les Misérables (1990-1991), Légendes fantastiques (which ran from 1998 to 2007 and earned him the Quebec Tourism Prize) and Saka, an equestrian show performed under a bit top between 2007 and 2009. In television, Fernand has worked as Artistic Director for the show Le plaisir croît avec lùsage, which aired on Télé-Québec between 2001 and 2003. He was also responsible for the artistic direction of the opening ceremonies of the Outgames at Montreal's Olympic Stadium in 2006. Fernand has been working with Cirque de Soleil on a regular basis since 2005. He was co-director for the opening ceremony of the Montreal 2005 – XI FINA World Championships, Director of the Cirque de Soleil pre-games show at the 2007 Miami superbowl, as well as Director of Creation and Director of Wintuk, a show that ran seasonally for four years at Madison Square Garden's WaMu Theatre in New York. For ONE DROP, Fernand directed the multimedia experience AQUA and, during Guy Laliberté`s journey into space in 2009, he assumed the role of Content Producer and Artistic Director for the Poetic Social Mission event, a show on water-related issues that was broadcast on television and the Internet.
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Adaptor 2 Biography Diane Paulus is the Artistic director of the A.R.T (American Repertory Theatre). Her recent work with A.R.T includes The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bees, a new production adapted by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, and OBIE-winning composer Deidre Murray, playing on Broadway, Prometheus Bound, a new musical inspired by Aeschylus’s ancient Greek tragedy, written by Tony and Grammy Award-winner Stever Sater (Spring Awakening) with music composed by Grammy Award-winning System of a Down lead singer Serj Tanikan; Death and The Powers: The Robots’ Opera, a new opera by Tod Machover in collaboration with MIT Media Lab, which world premiered at l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo; The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which ran for six years Off-Broadway and toured internationally; Best of Both Worlds, and Johnny Baseball. Diane’s other recent theatre credits include the Public Theatre’s of HAIR (Tony-Award winning for Best Revival) on Broadway and London’s West End. She has also directed Kiss Me, Kate (Glimmerglass Opera) and Lost Highway (ENO co-production with the Young Vic) and, as an opera director, The Magic Flute (Canadian Opera Company), Il mondo della luna at the Hayden Planetarium in New York, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Turn Of The Screw, Cosi fan tutte, and the Monteverdi trilogy Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, L’incoronazione di Poppea, and Orfeo at the Chicago Opera Theatre. Diane is a professor of the Practice of Theatre in Harvard University’s English Department and was recently named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Boston by BostonMagazine. She is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Boston Conservatory. This is Diane Paulus’ first collaboration with Cirque de Soleil.
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Synopsis 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 honours 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.
Notes Amaluna is the first ever Cirque show to feature a cast majorly comprised of female artists. It is meant as an ode to women, with 70 percent of its cast being female, and 100 percent of its live band.
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