The ever-popular Cirque du Soleil swings back into the Bay Area in November with its latest spectacle "Amaluna."

Directed by Tony nominee Diane Paulus, best known for her trenchant revivals of "Hair" and "Porgy and Bess," this is a celebration of the female spirit. Steeped in the mythology of goddess culture, "Amaluna" spins around the beauty of the planet, the cycles of the moon and the mother/daughter bond.

The French Canadian circus, which began as a ragtag band of street performers in the '80s, has grown into a global entertainment empire with a cumulative audience of over 100 million so far.

Cirque will pitch its signature blue-and-yellow tent at San Francisco's AT&T Park Nov. 15 before heading down to San Jose's Taylor Street Bridge on Jan. 22.

Tickets, ranging $55-$270, go on sale May 29 for Cirque members and June 14 to general public. www.cirquedusoleil.com

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