Event Review: Crystal by Cirque du Soleil

The circus is back in town, but forget about the lions and tigers, Cirque du Soleil will blow you away with its rigorating, wrenching performance of Crystal. Drawing inspiration from live music, ice skating, aerial work, acrobatics, and extreme skating, Crystal is the story of a young girl who finds herself fallen through ice and entering an alternate world of magic, music, and creativity.

 

As the journey continues, the audience finds themselves emerged in a frozen world comprised of visually stunning lighting, unique projection, and a versatile set resembling a frozen skate park. Within these gorgeous elements the performers were able to flip, trick, juggle, and swing,  keeping the audience on their toes.

 

One particularly memorable moment was a section around ice hockey. The young girl, pretends to be a hockey player, and is then joined by her team. As they start with normal sport, it quickly escalates into BMX inspired movement, including ramp jumps, flips, and stunts, which makes your heart skip a beat. But just as the stunts started to subside, the young girl sported a Flyers jersey, sending the audience into a frenzy of Philly pride.

 

That being said, the only critique is that the stunts were almost too good. After being wow’d by acrobatics and aerial skills, the ice skating elements almost took a backseat. Even though the skating was very skilled and beautiful, the audience did not seem to react to the difficult lifts being done, with the same passion as some of the previous montages.

 

Overall, Crystal was completely entertaining and visually exhilarating, and a great show to escape for a bit into the world of magic.

Crystal runs from June 20th to 23rd in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center and June 26th-30th in Allentown at the PPL Center. Running time is approximately 2 hours including a 20 minute intermission. Tickets at cirquedusoleil.com

Photo credit : Matt Beard / Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt / 2018 Cirque du Soleil

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