Crystal represents a new approach for Cirque du Soleil that slices through to a new dimension with the additions of figure skates and ice. The amazing show is at First Ontario Centre in Hamilton until Sunday, June 24.
This unique production pushes the boundaries of performance, combining skating with the acrobatic feats for which Cirque is famous. A skater taking to the air on a trapeze, performing a graceful dance on the ice with a partner suspended by silk ropes around his wrists and a squad of hockey players speeding up and flipping off ramps are just some of the highlights.
The skaters and acrobats use the ice rink as a frozen playground to showcase their talents that include everything from beautifully executed ice dancing and laughter inducing clowning to breathtaking balancing and acrobatics.
The storyline is rather loose as is actually an exploration of the lead character’s imagination. With imagination as the foundation, the show can go in any direction and it takes full advantage of this lack of structure. The story features Crystal, the lead character on her voyage of self-discovery enhanced with visual projections and an original score that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil.
Crystal features an international cast including figure, extreme and freestyle ice skaters, acrobats, musicians and a comic character. Eleven different nationalities are represented within the cast.
For details visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal. The show moves to the United States following the Hamilton performances.