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DIDI NEGRON ROCKS AMALUNA BY: M E L O DY B E R G E R L I V E P E R F O R M A N C E P H O T O S : I KU E Y O S H I DA

With Cirque Du Soleil’s Amaluna, director Diane Paulus (known for her Tony Award winning revivals of Hair and Pippin) has created an enchanting female-centric island. 70% of the cast and the entire band are comprised of women ass-kickers. Loosely based on the Tempest, Amaluna has all the death-defying acrobatics and fantastical theatrics one would expect from a Cirque show. And through it all, Didi Negron, drummer extraordinaire, pounds out a formidable rhythm from her smoke filled cage in the back stage-right corner. Out of the way, yet ever present, she is the primal heart of this magical island. When the circus rolled through New York City, Tom Tom had a chance to catch the show and have a backstage tour and chat.

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