Cirque du Soleil “Amaluna” Coming to L.A. April 25-May 26

© 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Coming to the LA Waterfront in San Pedro is “Amaluna,” a big top show from Cirque du Soleil, with a run from April 25th through May 26th. There are so many reasons to check it out! Here are a few:

It’s a mostly female cast

Photo Martin Costumes Mérédith Caron © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

The show takes place on a mysterious island, governed by Goddesses. The story is about the queen’s daughter’s coming of age ceremony with themes of: femininity, renewal, rebirth, and balance. There are men in this show, but the women outnumber the men. There is a love story, conflict, and resolution in this award-winning show, backed by the music of a 100% female band.

Amaluna is a tribute to the work and voice of women

Director of Creation Fernand Rainville

Unique acts

As with any Cirque du Soleil production, all the acts are top-notch. There are a few that make Amaluna quite unique. These include:

Cerceau and Waterbowl

Photo Matt Beard Costumes Mérédith Caron © 2014 Cirque du Soleil

The Moon Goddess appears to Miranda riding a Cerceau, bestowing her blessing with a haunting song. Romeo watches as Miranda plays in the waterbowl, discovering her own physicality and expressing her sinuous sexuality as she performs a challenging hand-balancing routine before diving and snaking through the water. He joins her in the water, where they innocently play and tentatively kiss for the first time.

Fun fact:

The Water-bowl: The Water-bowl is 5’5” tall, 7’3” in diameter, and weighs 5,500 lbs when filled with water

Balance Goddess

Photo Martin Costumes Mérédith Caron © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Prospera brings Romeo and Miranda to witness the Balance Goddess creating a world in equilibrium with a mobile made of thirteen palm leaf ribs. An ode to balance, her movements are slow, deliberate and almost meditative as she concentrates all her attention on this literally breathtaking structure. And then she removes the smallest piece, everything disintegrates and the young couple’s trials begin.

1000 arms and sticks

Inspired by an Indonesian ritual dance, an ominous company of dancers dressed in black and silver performs a choreography that creates an indelible image of one woman with a thousand arms. The Peacock Goddess reappears in an ominous guise and steals Miranda away while a forest of sticks inspired by Vietnamese circus tradition springs up to create a portal to the Underworld through which Romeo must pass.

A SoCal Native is in the show

Amara Defilippo

Uneven Bars / Back-up for Aerial Straps and Peacock Goddess

Amara Defilippo (Uneven Bars / Back-up for Aerial Straps and Peacock Goddess)
photo by: Ruby Hunt

The other day, I met Amara Defilippo at a special media event for Cirque du Soleil Amaro at The Grafton Hotel on Sunset. She is thrilled to be performing in the L.A. area, as she is from Torrance in the South Bay!

Fascinated since seeing her first Cirque du Soleil show, “Varekai,” since the age of 13, she pursued her dream of becoming a Cirque du Soleil performer. Her gymnastic skills earned her a role in Amaluna, since it’s creation in 2011. Today, she holds multiple roles in the show, including: Amazon, artist coach for Uneven Bars, and Aerial Strap and Peacock Goddess as a rotation.

Growing Up in the Circus

Vladimir Pestov


Vladimir Pestov, Juggler
photo by: Ruby Hunt

I also met Vladimir Pestov, a juggler in Amaluna. He grew up in the circus, as both his parents were original cast members of “Quidam” by Cirque du Soleil. This was to his advantage because he learned a variety of circus skills as well as multiple languages. When he decided to focus on juggling, with the encouragement of his parents, his talents led to obtaining his own contract with Cirque du Soleil at the age of 17. From there, he received specialized training with the best coach in the discipline, and performed in Drallion, Varekai, and currently, Amaluna.

Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil

April 25th – May 26th, 2019
L.A. Waterfront: 250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731

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Disclaimer: Westside Mommy was invited to a special press event for Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil. No monetary compensation was exchanged for this post. All photos credited and used with permission. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.