CRYSTAL – Cirque Du Soleil’s Breakthrough Ice Experience

 

performer hanging from trapeze by his feet, holding onto one leg of female performer hanging beneath him and bringing other leg up to head
Image Credits: Matt Beard

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Before we say anything else, it’s worth acknowledging that attending Cirque du Soleil’s latest production as press is something still almost incomprehensible to me. Having grown up with a love and appreciation for Cirque right at the core of my being, and finally being able to see my first full production in 2017, it’s genuinely mind-boggling to believe that this is where we are, three years later. Cirque holds such a special place in my heart, and I truly believe they’re one of the finest artistic establishments on this planet.

Each of Cirque’s productions are unique in their own right, but from the get-go, it was clear that CRYSTAL, a performance shaped around the artistic possibilities of ice, would be something completely bespoke. Combining skating, acrobatics, comedy and movement, as well as dazzling visual projections and an original score of music, this particular show ventures into previously undiscovered artistic territory, and it’s safe to say the company really made the most of it.

on screen projection of red-haired character Crustal, tumbling through ice
Image Credits: Matt Beard

The story puts the audience in the shoes of title character Crystal, a quirky and imaginative young woman who feels at odds with the world around her. In frustration on a particularly difficult day, she ventures out onto thin ice and finds herself falling underneath the surface, sinking into an upside-down world. Here, she’s able to interact with Crystal’s Reflection, her inner self, who shows her how to harness her frustrations and turn them into creative energy; Crystal is handed a pen and left to see where her mind takes her.

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