CRYSTAL invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to a colorful life with astounding visual projections and an original score that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil. The Providence, RI show runs through Sunday, July 10, 2022 at the Dunkin Donuts Center. You can get your tickets here.
A breakthrough ice experience CRYSTAL is Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd creation and explores the artistic possibilities of ice for the first time. This unique production pushes boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. Watch as world-class ice skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics.
Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL features an international cast composed of figure, extreme and freestyle ice skaters, acrobats, musicians and a comic character. Eighteen different nationalities are represented in the cast.
Our family had the opportunity to experience Cirque du Soleil CRYSTAL on opening night, and it was fantastic. I’ll be honest, I am not a figure skating fan. It’s just not my thing. But I do love Cirque du Soleil and the magic they create in every show, so I knew I’d totally dig this performance. Avery was all in, and excited. Dave wasn’t so sure, but he went along for the ride. And what a ride it was!
We all agreed that the hockey/pinball scene was our favorite. Irish-style music, plus hockey, plus death-defying stunts? Yup, that part of the show seemed made for us. We also loved the costumes, especially our budding costume designer, Avery. The Cirque style is totally her aesthetic. Perhaps she’ll find a job creating for Cirque in the future. We also really loved that much of the music was performed by live musicians who became part of the show. The fiddle player was our favorite, of course.
With this new creation Cirque du Soleil explored the essence of skating, bringing its signature style of acrobatics into unchartered territory– a sheet of ice – and blurring the boundaries between gliding sports and circus arts. In CRYSTAL, acrobats and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines together. Synchronized skating, freestyle figures, and extreme skating are featured alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps, and hand to hand. Figure skaters learned how to be pushers on Chinese poles, while circus artists learned how to skate, and extreme skaters learned figure skating moves.
Tips for the show:
- Dress warm. Even though it’s a million degrees outside, remember this is an ice show and it gets chilly in the arena. Avery was mad that I made her wear jeans, but was happy when we arrived and she realized how cold it was inside.
- Don’t miss the pre-show performance – and if you’re lucky enough to have seats in the first row, you may get to enjoy some audience participation.
- We recommend seats with a straight-on view of the ice. There are no bad seats for this show, but there are some elements of the projection that may be missed if you sit along the sides.
Be sure to pick up tickets for your family to see this unique experience while it’s in town for a limited run.
(Friends in Albany, you can see the show Aug 4-7, 2022 at the MVP Arena)
SPONSORED: Our family received tickets to the show in exchange for this review. All opinions are our own.