Cirque du Soleil arrives in San Antonio this weekend — with a twist: For the first time ever, the performance will be on ice. The show is called Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience, and this is your only weekend to catch it here in Alamo City.
Crystal is Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd original production since 1984. It follows the story of a young woman who shatters through reality to reach a surreal world filled with possibility. Specially created for arenas, the state-of the art production pushes the boundaries by combining outstanding skating and sliding with remarkable aesthetics and acrobatic feats.
“We are excited to create a unique entertainment experience on ice for all spectators to enjoy,” says executive producer Yasmine Khalil in a statement. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Cirque du Soleil as ice provides us with an entirely new field of play — which also comes with a set of creative challenges. Our goal is to continuously surprise audiences by showcasing all the incredible possibilities on ice.”
The show will appeal to loyal Cirque du Soleil fans and newcomers alike. With stunning acrobatics, live music, comedy, and a talented international cast, the show has all the ingredients Cirque is known for. And the move to ice melds both worlds together, with gymnasts and skaters performing acrobatics on the ice and in the air.
“From the beginning, Cirque du Soleil has been audacious in our way of developing shows and by surprising our spectators,” tour publicist Julie Desmarais says. “We wanted to use the different characteristics of ice (speed, fluidity, reflexivity) to achieve stunning visual effects and acrobatic prowess that defy the imagination.”
The breathtaking production will visit 20 cities across North America, with a longer-term tour in the works. Tickets are still available for five performances in San Antonio this weekend, starting at just $30. The next Texas stop is the H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, near Austin, February 14-18, 2018.