Cirque du Soleil Crystal is more than just an ice show. Crystal explores the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company’s history. World-class ice skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground by storm with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with daring acrobatics.
Crystal is a misfit with her head in the clouds, a dreamer looking for something more in her life. One day, feeling misunderstood and out of sync with the world, she ventures out onto a frozen pond and falls through the ice. In this underwater world of her own imagination, she has a vision: she sees a reflection of herself – her alter ego – that guides her, showing her a distorted version of her life. Her reflection tries to wake her up to her own genius and creativity.
Through her writing, Crystal releases the potential of her hidden talent and transforms the world around her with a stroke of her pen. Having summoned the strength to face reality, Crystal ultimately breaks through the ice, stronger than ever.
The show Crystal is about looking at things from fresh angles, peeking through the veneer of everyday life, reframing one’s daily reality to see what one might have missed. Sometimes the only way to appreciate things is to look at them sideways. Discovering one’s individuality and uniqueness requires venturing out onto thin ice.
In Crystal, Cirque du Soleil explores the very essence of skating, asking how its performers can bring their signature style of acrobatics into yet unchartered territory – a sheet of ice – and blur the boundaries between gliding sports and circus arts.
Gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, melding both worlds together. Disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand to hand are fused with disciplines such as synchro, freestyle, figure and extreme skating on ramps. Figure skaters learn to be pushers on Chinese poles, while circus artists learn to skate and extreme skaters learn figure skating moves.
Cirque du Soleil Crystal
March 8 – 11
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
For more information/tickets, visit cirquedusoleil.com.