The Norfolk Admirals hockey team is off to sunny Orlando this weekend. Good luck Admirals. The ice in Scope Arena has transformed into a town square next to a frozen pond with a surreal quartz wall towering above it for “Cirque du Soleil Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience”. It starts tonight, November 29 and runs through Sunday, December 2 at the Scope.
This is the first time Cirque du Soleil has created a production for the ice. Professional skaters have been waiting for years. Shawn Sawyer, who skated for Canada in the 2006 Olympics in Torino, helped the Cirque du Soleil team develop “Crystal” and is one of the principal skaters. There are 18 professional skaters in the cast who had to learn how to be acrobats. There are 21 of Cirque du Soleil’s best acrobats in the cast who learned how to skate. The result is Cirque du Soleil’s signature brand of athletic artistry on ice.
Cirque du Soleil began in Quebec 34 years ago. It started as a small, street theater group that juggled, danced, played music and walked on stilts. Since then, it has grown to over 4,000 people who have produced more than 40 shows that travel around the world thrilling audiences with almost unbelievable acrobatics, wildly imaginative set designs, and “evocative” stories.
“Cirque du Soleil Crystal” rolled into Norfolk with 17 trucks to create the world of Crystal. The cast and crew, from 21 different countries, are just coming off a two-week break and are eager to get back on the ice, and in the air. There will be flying. There will also be all kinds of skating from figure skating to acrobatic skating to extreme skating. Even the musicians will be skating.
Behind the scenes at rehearsal courtesy of David Neef
“Cirque du Soleil Crystal” is subtitled “A Breakthrough Ice Experience”. That subtitle has more than one meaning. This is a show that you have never seen before and Crystal, a young misunderstood woman, falls through the ice into a crazy world of her imagination. Without giving away too much, Crystal’s world is turned upside down. She learns a great deal about herself by “venturing onto thin ice.” This is a perfect setting for Cirque du Soleil’s signature brand of surrealism, beauty and things you refuse to believe the human body can achieve.
It will be cold in the Scope Arena, but that just adds to the mood. The ice will be a projection canvas for this unique production that “blurs the boundaries between gliding sports and circus arts.”
For more information and to purchase tickets, go to https://www.sevenvenues.com/events/detail/cirque-du-soleil-crystal