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Cirque du Soleil prepares for the opening of Crystal in Cedar Park, Texas

Cirque du Soleil Crystal
Cirque du Soleil prepares for the opening of Crystal at the HEB Center in Cedar Park on Wednesday, February 14th. The show runs through Sunday, February 18th. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. A new kind of performance as Cirque du Soleil meets the ice to defy all expectations.

Story
Crystal is a misfit with her head in the clouds, a dreamer looking for something more in her life. One day, felling 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 was 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 er own genius and creativity. Through her writing, Crystal releases the potential of her hidden talent and transforms the world around her with stroke of her pen. Having summoned the strength to face reality, Crystal ultimately breaks through the ice, stronger then 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.

Acrobatic performances
The boundaries between gliding sports and circus arts is blurred as gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice as well as the air.
  • Acrobatics and skaters collide in high-energy numbers where banquine, hand-to-hand, and tumbling are interwoven with jumps, flips, spins and figure skating.
  • Jugglers display an incredible set of skills while on skates, later joined by groups of acrobats and skaters performing intricate choreography.
  • While wearing ice skates, Crystal flies up on a trapeze performing flips, spins, and reverse skills.  
  • Jaw-dropping chair balancing act.
  • Spellbinding aerial straps dance that blurs the boundaries between ice and sky.
  • Synchronized skating that features the entire cast as they create a huge pinwheel in a nod to classic ice shows.

About Cirque du Soleil
Originally composed of 20 street performers in 1984, Cirque du Soleil completely reinvented circus arts and went on to become a world leader in artistic entertainment. Established in Montreal, the Canadian organization has brought wonder and delight to over 180 million spectators with 42 productions that have taken place in close to 450 cities in 60 countries. Cirque du Soleil currently has over 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists, from nearly 50 countries. In 2017 alone, 19 shows are presented simultaneously throughout the world.

A world leader in entertainment, Cirque du Soleil creates content for a broad range of audacious projects. On top of producing world-renowned shows, the organization has extended its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil aims to make a positive impact on humans, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art.

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Cirque du Soleil Crystal at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas

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