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Markus Moellenberg © 2016 Cirque du Soleil

Now performing under Le Grand Chapiteau at San Francisco’s Oracle Park through Sunday, Jan. 12 is Cirque du Soliel’s production of Amaluna.

Loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Amaluna is set on an island governed by goddesses and their queen, Prospera, who is preparing her daughter Miranda’s coming-of-age ceremony during which she will pass on the insights of femininity, rebirth, renewal, and balance. Prospera has also caused a storm, which delivers a group of strapping young men to the island, one of whom, Romeo, begins a romance with Miranda. The story follows their love, which is tested through a series of demanding trials before the couple achieve mutual trust, faith, and harmony.

Martin Girardshootstudio.ca Costumes Mérédith Caron © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Martin Girardshootstudio.ca Costumes Mérédith Caron © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Told through an international cast of requisite clowns, unicyclers, aerial hoop artists, tetterboarders, Chinese pole performers, jugglers, musicians, and the stunning use of a giant water bowl, Amaluna doesn’t disappoint.

Fun fact: Cirque patrons have the option of enjoying the exclusive Champagne Nicholas Feuillatte Lounge with complimentary champagne, wine and beer, and snacks before the show and during intermission.

Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna: Most days through Jan. 12, $45 & up, 74 Mission Rock St., 877-924-7783, cirquedusoleil.com

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