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Cirque du Soleil's 'Amaluna' opens Thursday

The new Cirque du Soleil show Amaluna will open Thursday in Toronto’s Port Lands.

The show, set in a mystical island populated by women, is “a love story on a few levels,” acrobatic coach Stacy Clark told CityNews last month.

“We’re very proud of the fact that we have a 70 per cent women cast. Really, it’s a celebration of women and the strength and power and creativity of women.”

Acrobats, trapeze artists, gymnasts and dancers all are featured in Amaluna. The show follows the island queen Prospera as she organizes her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony. But when a group of sailors wash ashore, all bets are off.

“You get your eyes full with the colours and sounds and feelings…you let yourself go into that magic moment,” aerialist Adrianne Nadeau said.

“At some points, I feel like I can almost touch the top of the big top.”

The show plays under a blue-and-yellow big top on Cherry Street.

Click here for ticket information.

CityNews reporter Audra Brown will go behind the scenes to show you a glimpse of the kind of training required for the jaw-dropping stunts.  She’ll have more on CityNews at Five and CityNews at Six.