Cirque du Soleil brings its first-ever ice show to Capital One Arena in December

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Ballroom Aerial straps. Photo courtesy of Matt Beard/ Costumes: Marie Chantale Vaillancourt/ 2018 Cirque du Soleil.
Ballroom Aerial straps. Photo courtesy of Matt Beard/ Costumes: Marie Chantale Vaillancourt/ 2018 Cirque du Soleil.

By: Kate Michael

“Everyone is touched in a different way when attending a Cirque du Soleil performance,” says Julie Desmarais, Cirque du Soleil’s publicist. And Cirque’s latest offering hopes to touch audiences in the coolest way possible with its very first ice production – CRYSTAL.

The first of eight shows will take place at the Capital One Arena on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m.. In addition, the remaining seven shows will take place from December 6-9. 

CRYSTAL, directed by Shana Carroll and Sebastien Soldevila, includes a cast of 43 artists with remarkably different backgrounds. In fact, most of them have never performed on ice! Many of the artists had to learn new skills and incorporate them into their current discipline.

“With this new production, Cirque du Soleil aims to offer our show to a broader audience. And we are excited to be making our debut at the Capital One arena in December,” Desmarais said. The unique arena production, suitable for all ages, showcases synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps, and hand-to-hand.

Furthermore, Cirque is known for its acrobatic antics, so what makes this ice show so special? “Each show at Cirque du Soleil brings [its] own story line/concept, and CRYSTAL is no different,” Desmarais explained.

“The show is performed on ice which takes this production to another level. It is hard to highlight [particular moments] in the performance… The ice brings speed, grace, and elegance combined with fearless acrobatics.”

Tempete. Photo courtesy of Matt Beard  / Costumes: Marie Chantale Vaillancourt / 2018 Cirque du Soleil.
Tempete. Photo courtesy of Matt Beard / Costumes: Marie Chantale Vaillancourt / 2018 Cirque du Soleil.

Moreover, the show is a fusion of circus arts and figure skating alongside a surreal storyline. Crystal, a misfit heroine, takes audiences on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination to find herself confident, liberated, and empowered.

Indeed, reality will not exist in this performance. Viewers will join Crystal in a colorful and vibrant world filled with visual projections. It will also feature a soundtrack that blends popular music with Cirque du Soleil’s signature sound.

CRYSTAL audiences will marvel as world-class ice skaters and acrobats not only display unmatched speed and fluidity on the ice, but also challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics.

A Day in the life. Photo courtesy of Tempete. Photo courtesy of Matt Beard  / Costumes: Marie Chantale Vaillancourt / 2018 Cirque du Soleil.
A Day in the life. Photo courtesy of Tempete. Photo courtesy of Matt Beard / Costumes: Marie Chantale Vaillancourt / 2018 Cirque du Soleil.

“Our juggler learned how to skate and juggle at the same time,” says Desmarais. “Our Swinging trapeze artist learned swing with ice skates on, and our skaters all learned how to juggle.”  

Tickets for Washington performances of CRYSTAL are available now. CRYSTAL will perform at Capital One Arena from Wednesday, December 5 through 9 for eight shows only:

  • Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 7 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 8 at 12:30 pm, 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 9 at 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm