Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Crystal’ Is All About Female Empowerment

Michael Buck

If you need an artistic reminder or blast of inspiration on how to continue pushing forward in today’s society, Cirque Du Soleil’s Crystal  may be just what you are looking for. The basic premise to the show is that a girl named Crystal falls through the ice and has to find herself again by reclaiming her identity and self-worth. Echoing the idea of breaking the “glass ceiling,” the story unfolds as a metaphor for all women in today’s society.

Crystal is the first Cirque du Soleil show (or any acrobatic show, for that matter) on ice. Cirque du Soleil had to train their professional aerialists how to use the trapeze while wearing ice skates. The show combines aerial acrobatics and surreal circus acts with professional ice skating and a unique soundtrack that mixes EDM, pop, and spoken-word poetry. Dark imagery of typists and people in business suits weaves in and out with Cirque du Soleil’s lighter, circus atmosphere. The show exhibits a unique balance of dark and light—a perfectly accurate juxtaposition of a typical young woman’s journey. If you are at all familiar with other Cirque du Soleil shows, there is something hinting at the 2000 Journey of Man, except it is the long overdue story about the journey of a young woman.


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Cirque du Soleil’s Crystal is a show that will likely bring tears to your eyes while inspiring you to reclaim your own identity and narrative—whatever that may be. You can get tickets here:  

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