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New Cirque Du Soleil Production Opens At Citi Field Under Tony-Winning Director

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Baseball season is still a few days away but there’s already a hot ticket at Citi Field.

Cirque du Soleil’s new show, Amaluna, kicks off its run Thursday night underneath blue and yellow tents in the Citi Field parking lot.

As CBS 2’s Jericka Duncan reported, this show is more than high-flying stunts and risky acrobatics. She spoke with the show’s Tony award-winning director.

Diane Paulus is the first Tony winner to make the leap from Broadway to the big tent.

“I think as a director, my whole life I’ve wanted to direct the circus,” Paulus told Duncan.

She won Broadway’s biggest honor for a revival of “Pippin.”

But then Paulus turned her attention to a project she committed to four years ago – the Cirque du Soleil production “Amaluna.”

The story pays tribute to women. The majority of the cast is women. They come from 17 countries, which is bringing its own challenges.

“To put this show together across language barriers. I was directing in French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian with interpreters. It was like the United Nations,” Paulus said.

The high-flying performance is physically as well as emotionally demanding, Duncan reported.

“These artists who have trained so hard and put so much rigor and discipline in their lives, they want someone to say and now add the soul, put yourself in it, put your emotion in it,” said Paulus.

Now that Paulus has conquered the circus, she said she’s hoping to bring her magic to film and television.

Cirque du Soleil Amaluna will be at Citi Field through May 18 and then moves to Boston. For more information, click here.

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