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‘Crystal’ by Cirque du Soleil Review

Cirque du Soleil’s Crystal is an incredible show that blends Cirque’s trademark circus acts and acrobatics with high level figure skating.

It’s a fantastic show that you don’t want to miss. We went to see Cirque du Soleil’s performance of Crystal at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. I had no idea that Cirque du Soleil did ice shows, and this was a great surprise since I love ice skating and have been learning to figure skate myself.

Check out my review of this amazing Cirque du Soleil show to learn more!

Crystal by Cirque du Soleil at the Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina

Crystal by Cirque du Soleil

Crystal is Cirque du Soleil’s first ice skating show and it has been touring arenas since December 2017. The backdrop is an imposing ice castle made of stairs, ramps, and rooms. The stage is entirely ice.

The story follows a young girl, Crystal, who is an outcast from her family and classmates. She skates away from it all only to fall through the ice and wind up in a world of her own imagination, guided by the reflection of herself as she sets out on a quest to find her true self through her writing.

What you can expect to see in Crystal

Crystal by Cirque du Soleil

The performance begins with Cirque du Soleil’s usual preshow clowning around with the audience getting the chance to catch and throw snowballs.

You’ll see jumps and ice dancing like you would at any figure skating show, but with Crystal you get so much more.

In some scenes, ramps are set up on the ice for hockey players to do some extreme skating much like that of skateboarders. These ramps are covered with synthetic ice so that they can glide up and over the ramps.

Some of the performers have grippy shoes so that they can walk across the ice effortlessly and do floor acrobatics without slipping.

You’ll also get to see a classic chair-balancing act, but on ice! And the performers even do the trapeze and ribbon dancing in ice skates; that’s a lot of deadly blades flying through the air!

All of Cirque du Soleil’s amazing acrobatics come through in Crystal along with the added element of incredible figure skating. These elements combine for a truly awe-inspiring performance.

Tips for seeing Crystal

  • It’s an ice show, so the arena can be chilly. Bring something to keep yourself warm, like a jacket or a small blanket.
  • Definitely check out the fun merchandise. Cirque du Soleil’s merch is just as unique as their shows.
  • Keep your eyes wide open; there’s a lot happening on stage and you don’t want to miss a thing!

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'Crystal' by Cirque du Soleil Review

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