Cirque du Soleil taps Broadway director

Diane Paulus will direct the next touring show from Cirque du Soleil, “Amaluna,” bowing in Montreal on April 19.

Paulus, a.d. of Boston-area nonprofit A.R.T., helmed the Tony-winning 2009 revival of “Hair” as well as the current Broadway revival of “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” which opened last week.

Similar to Julie Taymor’s gender-switched film version of the same story, “Amaluna” puts a feminist spin on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” by positioning it as the story of a sorceress named Prospera and the power she holds over an abandoned island and her daughter’s coming of age.

Paulus has added nontraditional twists to Bard tales before, with her raunchy dance-club version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Donkey Show,” which ran six years Off Broadway.

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