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Crystal is an arena-touring Cirque du Soleil production directed by Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila. It is a collaborative project between Events + Experiences and it's parent company Cirque du Soleil. It is also the 42nd original production from Cirque du Soleil since 1984. Crystal had a preview showing in Lafayette, LA on October 5, 2017. The official premiere was on December 13, 2017 in Montreal QC.

Crystal the first Cirque du Soleil show to be done on an ice rink and blending several circus acts with high-level ice skating. It is also the first show to contain cover versions of well-known pop songs at the time of the production that are not center to the show's theme.[1]

Plot[]

Crystal is the story of a young woman named Crystal, an avid writer, who feels misunderstood in life and out of sync with herself. To escape her reality, she decides to skates out her frustrations at a frozen pond. As she is skating, the ice breaks underneath her and she begins to submerge underwater. As she falls through the ice, Crystal escapes into her own mind and sees a doppelgänger of herself; Crystal's Reflection.

This reflection guides Crystal through her own subconscious, helping her through her own personal struggles, and finding her own inner creativity in writing. With her newly found power, she finds courage in herself and breaks through the ice and journeys back into reality.[2]

Set and Technical Information[]

Unlike previous Cirque du Soleil productions which contain a built circus ring with platforms, Crystal's stage uses a ice rink as it's main performance area. The ice rink at the beginning of the show is decorated as a town square next to a frozen lake containing prop trees and park benches.

The back of the stage contains a large quartz-like wall containing a city backdrop with a miniature moving train. The wall has several doors that open to show small rooms where actors and musicians perform. Connected to the wall is a staircase leading to one of the rooms and three moveable iced-ramps.

The quartz-like wall is also used as a projection screen throughout the show.[2]

Costume Design[]

All performers of the show wear three to four costumes throughout the show. The costumes are equipped with full length zippers along the inside seam. This allows the performer to change quickly without removing their ice skates. Magnets are also used on the costumes to allow the performers to change quickly between scenes. Each of the costumes for Crystal are made to withstand the rigours of the ice and keep the artist safe.

The catchers of the show wear special padding and gloves made from Kevlar with polymer cuffs to protect the forearms and absorb the shock on the skating blades.

The gloves used by the breakdancers contain a piece of velcro across the palm of the hand with a plastic plate containing crampons. This allows the performer to be able to breakdance on the ice.

For the artists who slide on the ice, their costumes are water-resistant, nonabsorbent, and preserve the gliding properties of the costume. For the acts that perform high level floor performances, the acrobatic shoes contain small metal spikes and crampons into the sole of the shoes allowing mobility and stability[2]

Characters[]

  • Crystal: A misfit young writer who feels misunderstood in life and doubts herself. Upon breaking into the ice, she goes on a self-reflect journey to find her inner strength and courage.
  • Crystal's Reflection: A dark yet helpful version of Crystal. She is the guide of Crystal helping her find her inner strength and take control of her life.
  • The Shadows: The forces within her subconsciousness control all the strings in her life. They help and hinder her progress.
  • Crystal's Family: Warped versions of Crystal's mother, father and brother. Crystal's family is how she sees her family through her eyes: an impassive, stoical suburban family mesmerized by the television.
  • Cooper: An imaginary friend of Crystal, the Clown encourages and motivates her whenever she needs a friendly push.

Acts[]

Act One

  • Opening
  • Tempête (Banquine / Hand-to-hand / Tumbling)
  • A Day In the Life (Choreographed Performance)
  • Duo Skating
  • Juggling
  • Clown Act: Street Light
  • Solo Trapeze
  • Extreme Skating

Act Two

  • Big City (Choreographed Performance)
  • Pendular Poles
  • Tap Dancing
  • Chair Balancing
  • Rhythm Dance (Ice Dancing)
  • Aerial Straps / Skating Pas de Deux
  • Synchronized Skating
  • Fixed Duo Trapeze
  • Finale

Music[]

The original musical score for Crystal was composed by Maxim Lepage. Cover versions from the artists U2, Beyoncé, Nina Simone, and Sia were recorded and used in the show.

Touring Schedule[]

The following color boxes indicate the region of each performance:
  EU  Europe   NA  North America   SA  South and Central America   AP  Asia/Pacific   OC  Oceania   AF  Africa

2017 - 2018 Schedule

2017 Schedule
  NA  Lafayette, LA - From October 5 to October 8, 2017 (Soft Opening)
  NA  San Antonio, TX - From October 13 to October 15, 2017 (Preview)
  NA  Minneapolis, MN - From November 9 to November 12, 2017(Preview)
  NA  Hoffman Estates, IL - From November 16 to November 19, 2017(Preview)
  NA  Worcester, MA - From December 7 to December 10, 2017(Preview)
  NA  Quebec, QC - From December 13 to December 17, 2017(Preview)
  NA  Montreal, QC - From December 20 to December 31, 2017(Official Premiere)

2018 Schedule
  NA  Windsor, ON - From January 3 to January 7, 2018
  NA  Detroit, MI - From January 10 to January 14, 2018
  NA  Pittsburgh, PA - From January 17 to January 21, 2018
  NA  Topeka, KS - From January 24 to January 28, 2018
  NA  Colorado Springs, CO - From January 31 to February 4, 2018
  NA  Rio Rancho, NM - From February 7 to February 11, 2018
  NA  Cedar Park, TX - From February 14 to February 18, 2018
  NA  Phoenix, AZ - From March 8 to March 11, 2018
  NA  Tucson, AZ - From March 14 to March 18, 2018
  NA  San Diego, CA - From March 21 to March 25, 2018
  NA  San Jose, CA - From March 28 to April 1, 2018
  NA  Portland, OR - From April 4 to April 8, 2018
  NA  Abbotsford, BC - From April 11 to April 15, 2018
  NA  Penticton, BC - From April 18 to April 22, 2018
  NA  Prince George, BC - From April 25 to April 29, 2018
  NA  Spokane, WA - From May 2 to May 6, 2018
  NA  Red Deer, AB - From May 9 to May 13, 2018
  NA  Saskatoon, SK - From May 16 to May 20, 2018
  NA  Medicine Hat, AB - From May 23 to May 27, 2018
  NA  London, ON - From June 14 to June 17, 2018
  NA  Hamilton, ON - From June 20 to June 24, 2018
  NA  Youngstown, OH - From June 27 to July 1, 2018
  NA  Baltimore, MD - From July 5 to July 8, 2018
  NA  Estero, FL - From July 12 to July 15, 2018
  NA  Sunrise, FL - From July 18 to July 29, 2018
  NA  Orlando, FL - From August 1 to August 5, 2018
  NA  Greenville, SC - From August 8 to August 12, 2018
  NA  Raleigh, NC - From August 15 to August 19, 2018
  NA  Greensboro, NC - From August 22 to August 26, 2018
  NA  Hershey, PA - From August 29 to September 2, 2018
  NA  Sioux Falls, SD - From September 20 to September 23, 2018
  NA  Grand Forks, ND - From September 26 to September 30, 2018
  NA  Winnipeg, MB - From October 3 to October 7, 2018
  NA  Green Bay, WI - From October 11 to October 14, 2018
  NA  Des Moines, IA - From October 17 to October 21, 2018
  NA  Wichita, KS - From October 24 to October 28, 2018
  NA  Oklahoma City, OK - From October 31 to November 4, 2018
  NA  Tulsa, OK - From November 7 to November 11, 2018
  NA  Norfolk, VA - From November 29 to December 2, 2018
  NA  Washington, DC - From December 5 to December 9, 2018
  NA  Miami, FL - From December 13 to December 16, 2018
  NA  Tampa, FL - From December 19 to December 23, 2018
  NA  Cincinnati, OH - From December 27 to December 30, 2018

2019 Schedule

  NA  Baton Rouge, LA - From January 3 to January 6, 2019
  NA  Tupelo, MS - From January 10, to 13 Jan 2019
  NA  Kansas City, MO - January 16 to January 20, 2019
  NA  Columbus, OH - From January 23 to January 27, 2019
  NA  Milwaukee, WI - From January 30 to February 3, 2019
  NA  Regina, SK - From February 7 to February 10, 2019
  NA  Edmonton, AB - From February 13 to February 17, 2019
  NA  West Valley City, UT - From March 7 to March 10, 2019
  NA  Ontario, CA - From March 13 to March 17, 2019
  NA  Bakersfield, CA - From March 20 to March 24, 2019
  NA  Sacramento, CA - From March 27 to March 31, 2019
  NA  Stockton, CA - From April 3 to April 7, 2019
  NA  Everett, WA - From April 10 to April 14, 2019
  NA  Duluth, MN - From April 19 to April 21, 2019
  NA  Omaha, NE - From April 24 to April 28, 2019
  NA  Madison, WI - From May 1 to May 5, 2019
  NA  Peoria, IL - From May 8 to May 12, 2019
  NA  Grand Rapids, MI - From May 15 to May 19, 2019
  NA  Saginaw, MI - From May 22 to May 26, 2019
  NA  Frisco, TX - From June 13 to June 16, 2019
  NA  Philadelphia, PA - From June 20 to June 23, 2019
  NA  Allentown, PA - From June 26 to June 30, 2019
  NA  Kingston, ON - From July 3 to July 7, 2019
  NA  Erie, PA - From July 10 to July 14, 2019
  NA  Charlotte, NC - From July 17 to July 21, 2019
  NA  Manchester, NH - From August 1 to August 4, 2019
  NA  Portland, ME - From August 7 to August 11, 2019
  NA  Moncton, NB - From August 14 to August 18, 2019
  NA  Saint John, NB - From August 21 to August 25, 2019
  NA  Halifax, NS - From August 28 to September 1, 2019
  NA  Monterrey, MX - From September 19 to September 22, 2019
  NA  Guadalajara, MX - From September 25 to September 29, 2019
  NA  Mexico City, MX - From October 4 to October 13, 2019
  EU  Moscow, RU - From November 22 to December 8, 2019
  EU  Saint-Petersburg, RU - From December 11 to December 15, 2019
  EU  Kazan, RU - From December 19 to December 22, 2019
  EU  Ufa, RU - From December 25 to Dec 29, 2019

2020 Schedule

  EU  Ekaterinburg, RU - From January 1 to January 5, 2020
  EU  Riga, LV - From January 15 to January 19, 2020
  EU  Minsk, BY - From February 6 to February 9 2020
  EU  Kiev, UA - From February 13 to February 16, 2020
  EU  Sheffield, UK - From March 6 to March 8, 2020
  EU  Glasgow, UK - From March 11 to March 15, 2020
  EU  Aberdeen, UK - From March 19 to March 22, 2020
  EU  Belfast, UK - From March 25 to March 29, 2020
  EU  Manchester, UK - From April 1 to April 5, 2020
  EU  Birmingham, UK - From April 8 to April 12, 2020
  EU  Nottingham, UK - From April 15 to April 19, 2020
  NA  Amherst, MA - From May 15 to May 17, 2020
  NA  Trenton, NJ - From May 20 to May 23, 2020
  NA  St. Catharines, ON - From May 27 to May 29, 2020
  NA  Providence, RI - From June 3 to June 7, 2020
  NA  Hartford, CT - From June 10 to June 14, 2020
  NA  Bridgeport, CT - From June 17- to June 21, 2020
  NA  Ottawa, ON - From July 1 to July 5, 2020
  NA  Uniondale, NY - From July 8 to July 12, 2020
  NA  Columbia, SC - From July 15 to July 19, 2020
  NA  North Charleston, SC - From July 22 to July 26, 2020
  EU  Paris, FR - From September 1 to September 6, 2020
  EU  Lausanne, CH - From September 9 to September 13, 2020
  EU  Hanover, DE - From September 16 to September 20, 2020
  EU  Leipzig, DE - From September 23 to September 27, 2020
  EU  Stuttgart, DE - From October 7 to October 11, 2020
  EU  Nuremberg, DE - From October 14 to October 18, 2020
  EU  Munich, DE - From October 22 to October 25, 2020
  EU  Frankfurt, DE - From November 13 to November 21, 2020
  EU  Cologne, DE - From November 25 to November 29, 2020
  EU  Oberhausen, DE - From December 2 to December 6, 2020

Trivia[]

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Gallery[]

Promotional

Performance

Videos[]

Trailers

Behind the Scenes

References[]

External Links[]

Official Website

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