GLENDALE, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- The magic of Cirque du Soleil is set to get underway in Glendale.
The new show, Amaluna, is inspired by William Shakespeare's "The Tempest". Amaluna is a fusion of words, with "Ama" referring to "mother" in many languages, and "Luna" standing for "moon", which is a symbol of womanhood. The show presents a story about renewal, rebirth, and balance.
"It's about the island of Amaluna, which is ruled by Prospera, and it goes through the story of her daughter, Miranda, coming of age," said aerial straps specialist Mei Bouchard. "It brings the journey of the men, of the women and combining of balance, and you see Miranda and her journey of becoming a woman."
It's a story that sheds light on love and femininity. Amaluna is the first Cirque du Soleil show with an all-female band.
"Especially in this day and age, Women empowerment," said Bouchard. "It's really cool to be in something a part of it. Little girls and women can look at us and be, like, wow they're strong women that's carrying this amazing show."
Bouchard has been a part of the Cirque du Soleil team for five years, performing around the world. She joined the Amaluna show in May of 2018, playing the role of a Valkyrie.
"I think of us as the protectors of the island," said Bouchard. "We oversee everything and we're just warriors."
To be a performer for a show like this requires a lot of work.
"We train a couple of times on stage every week," said Bouchard. "In addition, I do a lot of strength conditioning backstage. I do a lot of weight training."
It's also a lot of work for those behind-the-scenes. Besides the 48 artists, there are 67 employees that travel with show, from lighting technicians to wardrobe.
For Bouchard, it's something about performing that makes her feel free.
"You feel like you can do anything, and just to feel the energy from the crowd, the cheering. Their reactions is really great," said Bouchard.
The show kicks off at State Farm Stadium (formerly University of Phoenix Stadium) in Glendale on Thursday night, and runs through April 14.
Ticket prices start at $55.
Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil