May 9 - 13, 2018
ENMAX Centrium, Red Deer
Adult starting at $35*
Child (2-12) starting at $28*
Students/Seniors over 65 and Military starting at $31.5*
Family Pack (4 tickets and up) starting at $29*
* Plus applicable service charges
Buying tickets as a present? With delayed printing, event tickets will be sent out approximately one month before the event date. If you are planning on giving away the event tickets as a present before then we have provided a printable gift tag here: Cirque Du Soleil Crystal
Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 11 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 12 at 12:30 PM, 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday May 13 at 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM
ABOUT THE SHOW – A breakthrough ice experience
Crystal is the first-ever experience on ice from Cirque du Soleil. World-class ice skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground by storm with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with a flurry of unexpected acrobatics. A new kind of performance as Cirque du Soleil meets the ice.
This 42nd production fuses together circus arts with gliding and skating disciplines, exploring the linkages between these art forms through a journey of initiation and self-discovery.
Crystal, the show’s main character sets out on an exhilarating quest to fulfill her destiny as she dives into a world of her own imagination. She soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, freed, empowered.
STORYLINE AND THEME
Crystal is a misfit with her head in the clouds, a dreamer looking for something more in her life. One day, feeling misunderstood and out of sync with the world, she ventures out on a frozen pond and falls through the ice. In this underwater world of her own imagination, she has a vision: she sees a reflection of herself – her alter ego – that guides her, showing her a distorted version of her life. Her Reflection tries to wake her up to her own genius and creativity. Through her writing, Crystal releases the potential of her hidden talent and transforms the world around her at the stroke of her pen. Having summoned the strength to face reality, Crystal ultimately breaks through the ice again, stronger than ever.
The show Crystal is about looking at things from fresh angles, peeking through the veneer of everyday life, reframing one’s daily reality to see what one might have missed. Sometimes the only way to appreciate things is to look at them sideways. Discovering one’s individuality and uniqueness requires venturing out on thin ice.
MELDING CIRCUS ARTS AND ICE SPORTS
Blurring the boundaries – In Crystal, Cirque du Soleil explores the very essence of skating, asking how it could bring its signature style acrobatics into yet unchartered territory – a sheet of ice – and blur the boundaries between gliding sports and circus arts.
In Crystal, gymnasts and skaters do acrobatics on the ice and in the air, melding both worlds together. Disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps, and hand to hand were fused together with disciplines such as synchro, freestyle, figure, and extreme skating on ramps, with a dash of all-out speed skating. Figure skaters learned to be pushers on Chinese poles, while circus artists learned to skate, and extreme skaters learned figure skating moves.
THE MAIN CHARACTERS
Crystal is an eccentric young woman with a charming quirkiness and a restless imagination. Feeling misunderstood and destabilized in her everyday life, she ultimately finds her footing and turns her quirks into a creative force, radically changing her own narrative through her writing.
This character is Crystal’s shadow self – a darker yet benevolent side of her personality that enables her to access her strengths and creativity. The shadow Crystal carries inside her – which usually appears as a separate, distinct entity in the underwater world – is more mischievous and headstrong than she is, encouraging her to take control of her life.
The Shadows represent the forces within her subconscious mind that pull all the strings of her life, either helping her along or hindering her progress.
Crystal’s family – Crystal’s mother, father and brother are her warped version of a suburban family: impassive, stoical individuals mesmerized by the television. The school kids and the businessmen who appear in Crystal’s subconscious world all seem passionless and robotic to her.
The Clown – The Clown stalks Crystal’s subconscious world. He is Crystal’s imaginary friend, motivating her whenever she needs a friendly push.
Buying tickets as a present? With delayed printing, event tickets will be sent out approximately one month before the event date. If you are planning on giving away the event tickets as a present before then we have provided a printable gift tag here: Crystal