Cirque du Soleil newest show comes to Citi Field

Amy Freeze at Citi Field in Queens
March 21, 2014 2:48:09 PM PDT
Part of the parking lot at Citi Field has been taken over by blue and yellow tents. Cirque du Soleil is back in town for a two month engagement. Eyewitness News went behind the scenes of Amaluna as the show started setting up in Queens.

Under the big top rehearsals are underway for the latest thrill.

The performers in this show represent 17 nationalities. The story begins with a storm and a shipwreck on a mysterious island.

"Amaluna is the island where it takes place, the island of women of goddesses," said James Hadley, the Art Director of the show.

70 percent of the cast is women telling a love story woven into thrilling circus magic.

"We have acts that have never been on cirque stage like the uneven bars," adds Hadley.

About half way thru the show, six guys take over with the teeterboard which looks like a see saw but it's a lot harder.

Even just keeping balance is tricky - trying it out makes you appreciate their skills.

Repeating the stunts, reworking routines and perfecting the costumes happen every day, but the company manager has a juggling act all her own handling behind the scenes.

Fixing day to day operations are something the audience never sees but Cirque-goers are likely to be inspired by Amaluna directed by a familiar name from Broadway, Diane Paulus.

The show opens this weekend and will be at Citi Field until May 18th. LINK: MORE ON THE SHOW