When I first found out I was going to review a Cirque du Soleil production, I did what any self-respecting person who gets something for free does. I Googled the cost of the ticket prices! Up to $130 worth of expensive. Now that I didn’t know about. But after being taken on a journey of soul and self-searching, while amid a real-life Winter Wanderlust, I can honestly say Cirque du Soleil: Crystal blew my mind.
With no words spoken by the main characters, Crystal still holds us captivated and entwined in its twist and twirls, all while balancing us on a shield of ice, underneath the shadows of flying acrobatic ice skaters. The story’s main character and this series’ namesake, Crystal begins her journey as a timid, yet awkwardly cute girl, struggling to find her way through life. But soon she blossoms into a fiery siren, with power and influence in the palm of her slightly frostbitten hand. While Crystal dazzles the crowd with passion-fused acrobatics and figure eights, the Supporting Cast gives us just as much to keep us enthralled in the latest installation of the Cirque series.
With winter approaching, it’s the perfect time to see this production. The low, cool blue-light ambiance in sweet harmony, with the sounds of the skaters’ blades slicing through the ice, just makes you want to cuddle up with your bae or your bad ass kids! Either way, Crystal’s choreography and visual effects provide a continuous stream of entertainment from start to finish. Don’t blink or you will miss something. No. Really. Don’t blink! I blinked, took a few notes and missed some really cool stuff! From the melodic strings of the violinist to the antics of the delightful goofball Cirque du Soleil Crystal takes flying acrobatics and ice skating and gives us a visual performance that transports our sweetest and most surreal dreams to ice.
There are truly no words that could completely capture the level of detail that this production exhibits. I spoke with Joe, a staff member at the Saint Charles Family Arena, the venue where this event was held. Joe has seen some of the biggest productions in the country come through the St. Charles Family Arena, including Katy Perry and Madonna. And he insists Cirque du Soleil: Crystal is one of the biggest productions he has ever seen! He also let me in on some behind-the-scenes tea about the ice skating rink this production took place on. Joe says there are “coolers built into the floor of the rink which keeps the ice between 9 and 15 degrees Fahrenheit. The floor of the rink was also painted with a special paint to make the ice appear whiter. I’m sure details like this helped create the feeling that I was an extra in this wintery fantastic journey of life, instead of in a stadium, seated shoulder-to-shoulder with complete strangers, burping beer and hot dog gas in your ear. Cirque du Soleil Crystal was worth every burp and every dollar.
Cirque du Soleil: Crystal played at the Saint Charles Family Arena from November 3rd to November 5th.