That huge blue and yellow tent pitched by the Taylor Street Bridge marks the return of Cirque de Soleil to San Jose with its production Amaluna.

The famed acrobatic circus company brings Amaluna to the the South Bay after a successful run in San Francisco to close out 2013. The show begins in the big top January 22 and continues through March 2.

Set on an island named Amaluna, a place governed by goddesses and the cycles of the moon, the show tells the story of the island’s princess and her turbulent love affair with a young sailor. Central to the story is the princess’s relationship to her mother, Queen Prospera.

Fittingly then, the title is a fusion of the words “ama,” which means mother in many languages, and “luna,” which refers to the moon. The show’s creators centered it around women and femininity.

“I didn’t want to necessarily build a ‘women’s agenda’ show,” says Director Diane Paulus, winner of a 2013 Tony Award. “I wanted to create a show with women at the center of it, something that had a hidden story featuring women as the heroines.”

“Amaluna is a tribute to the work and voice of women,” adds Director of Creation Fernand Rainville. “The show is a reflection on balance from a women’s perspective.”

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