Crystal Archive

  • “CRYSTAL: Colder Than You Might Like”

    “CRYSTAL: Colder Than You Might Like”

    This being Cirque’s first attempt at a show on a frozen ice surface, we were curious – which side would prevail, the Cirque side or the ice show side?

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  • Kevin Lapierre: A New Life On Ice

    Kevin Lapierre: A New Life On Ice

    The road to blade life satisfaction can take many turns, one of which has Kevin Lapierre touring across North America — and soon the world — in support of the opportunity he found to perform stunts on ice for Cirque Du Soleil‘s ice skating and gymnastics showcase, “Crystal.”

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  • Crystal Brings Skater Shawn Sawyer Full Circle

    Crystal Brings Skater Shawn Sawyer Full Circle

    Growing up in Canada, Shawn Sawyer said it was practically in his blood to put on a pair of skates as a child. Sawyer liked skating fast and skating alongside his brother on the hockey team their father coached, but quickly realized that scoring goals and being part of a team didn’t thrill him. Knowing how much Sawyer liked coming to the ice rink, Sawyer’s dad suggested he give figure skating a shot.

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  • “Melding Circus Arts and Ice Sports”

    “Melding Circus Arts and Ice Sports”

    In CRYSTAL, Cirque explores the very essence of skating, assessing the artistic limits of ice for the first time in the company’s history, asking how they can bring their signature style of acrobatics into yet uncharted territory.

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  • Review of CRYSTAL’s Gala Premiere in Montreal!

    Review of CRYSTAL’s Gala Premiere in Montreal!

    The ice breaks early in Crystal, the new Cirque du Soleil show, as the title character quite literally falls through the ice on a frozen lake and enters a parallel universe. And the Cirque breaks the ice figuratively as well, scoring big time with its very first show on an NHL-sized ice surface.

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  • Local artist paints CRYSTAL mural to promote show in Topeka

    Local artist paints CRYSTAL mural to promote show in Topeka

    Myer has put about 60 hours toward her project — a towering 30-foot by 12-foot mural along the side of Kaw River Rustics in the NOTO Arts District (901 N Kansas Ave in North Topeka). The wall has been transformed into a sparkling skyline to promote Cirque du Soleil Crystal, an ice skating and acrobatics show coming Jan. 24-28 to the Kansas Expocentre.

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  • Montreal Gazette: “Crystal puts Cirque du Soleil on ice”

    Montreal Gazette: “Crystal puts Cirque du Soleil on ice”

    Crystal, which is set to be performed at the Bell Centre from Dec. 20 to 31, has many familiar elements from the Cirque catalogue, including juggling, swinging trapeze, pole numbers and eye-catching aerial numbers. But there’s no escaping the main difference between Crystal and every other Cirque show: this one takes place on an NHL-sized rink.

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  • Worcester, MA Gives CRYSTAL Four Stars!

    Worcester, MA Gives CRYSTAL Four Stars!

    Cirque is synonymous with lavish costumes, spectacle and amazing acrobatics blended with dance and other media. But with Crystal, the organization has found way to maintain that reputation while establishing a more solid footing in storytelling as concept performance art ... plus blending in some seriously impressive skating, to boot.

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  • Cirque du Soleil Hits the Ice

    Cirque du Soleil Hits the Ice

    Dazzling crowds since 1984, Cirque Du Soleil creates unique theatrical productions. With their newest show, Crystal, the group brings an entirely new type of experience to Worcester’s DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Thursday–Sunday, Dec. 7-10. This time, the high-flying entertainment hits the ice.

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  • The Montreal Gazette on CRYSTAL

    The Montreal Gazette on CRYSTAL

    Just how different is Crystal from other Cirque du Soleil shows? Well, even some of the technicians have to wear skates on the latest Cirque creation. It is the Cirque’s first ice show, and that has added a whole new dimension to the job description of everyone working on this production, from the technicians to the performers to the costume designers.

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  • Cirque Finds the Coolest Setting for CRYSTAL?

    Cirque Finds the Coolest Setting for CRYSTAL?

    Three times in her life, Madeline Stammen has sat down at her computer and pressed “send” on a flurry of college applications, convinced that perhaps it was time to put her ice skating dreams on hold and instead pursue a scholarly degree. And three times, the phone rang, and she was off to another adventure.

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  • Some Official Acts from CRYSTAL

    Some Official Acts from CRYSTAL

    Although Cirque du Soleil's CRYSTAL has made it's preview debut, a lot of information surrounding the show is fleeting at best (and will be until the official premiere in Montreal later this year). Until then, Cirque du Soleil has released four descriptions of the show's more visible acts, which you can see within.

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  • How St. Charles skater got on the ice with Cirque du Soleil

    How St. Charles skater got on the ice with Cirque du Soleil

    After seeing her first Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas five years ago, professional figure skater Madeline Stammen had a chance to hang out with some of the cast members. She told them how impressed she was by the performances and choreography in the water show "O."

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  • Cirque Du Soleil’s CRYSTAL Will Wow Audiences

    Cirque Du Soleil’s CRYSTAL Will Wow Audiences

    Jerome Sordillon is an aerialist with "Crystal," Cirque du Soleil's new show on ice. He performs the acrobatic portion of the show, swinging dozens of feet above the ice, suspended only by a pair of wrist straps. At one point Sordillon lifts the main character off her skates and they soar through the air together.

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  • Ice dancer from St. Charles co-stars in CRYSTAL

    Ice dancer from St. Charles co-stars in CRYSTAL

    Madeline Stammen's ice skating has taken her from St. Charles to cruise ships and now to a main role in Cirque du Soleil Crystal. The show is the Montreal-based theatrical producer's first to mix its fabled acrobatics and circus stylings with action on ice.

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