A twist on ‘The Tempest’ ...

Colette Greenstein | 6/5/2014, 6 a.m.
Cirque du Soleil opened its newest show, “Amaluna,” in Boston on June 5 at the Marine Industrial Park on the Waterfront. The show is an innovative take on “The Tempest.” (Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil)

A buzz of excitement and anticipation was in the air for the opening night of “Amaluna,” Cirque du Soleil’s latest show. Packed under The Grand Chapiteau at the Marine Industrial Park on the Waterfront, were all sorts of people — from fans and families to folks from the worlds of media, business and politics. Backed by a female band, “Amaluna” offers its own spin on “The Tempest,” where the island is governed by several goddesses (the Peacock Goddess, the Moon Goddess, and the Balance Goddess), and tells the familiar and timeless story of love and redemption. The audience is fêted with an array of characters on the island ranging from Amazons and contortionists to gymnasts and aerialists, all dressed in an array of amazing and colorful costumes in rich shades of red, black, blue, and purple. It was a feast for the eyes to see the performers’ incredible feats of strength, flexibility and choreography. If you go, be prepared for a two-hour magical and mysterious ride!