On Wednesday, November 6, we had the absolute honor of bringing a huge group of students, teaching artists, and chaperones to see Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna in San Francisco. We had a great time and loved the show. The following are anecdotes from out coaches about our student’s reactions.
The kids really liked the juggling and were able to identify the times when the performers used “windows” (a blocking device we use so everyone on the stage can be seen by the audience). They expressed disappointment to not see any stilt walking but this was cool because it meant that were seeking a relation to the show to what we’ve been doing in class. They thought the clowning and audience interaction was awesome.
Our students’ favorite acts were the unicycle and teeter board / Korean plank routines. They were really drawn into vicariously experiencing the exhilaration and joy of being launched into the air.
They thought the “stick balance” and Lyra were mesmerizing and beautiful and that the water bowl and love story were confusing.
Our group liked the bright colors of the stage and surrounding props and how it felt like we were in a jungle.
These opportunities truly inspire our students and reinforce how the circus opens opportunities for all us to experience new worlds. This was the first time some of our students had ever crossed the Bay Bridge from Oakland to San Francisco. For most, this was the first time they experienced a circus in an actual tent. Thank you, Cirque du Soleil, for supporting our children, our work, and for promoting Social Circus efforts throughout the world.