Backstage at Cirque du Soleil Crystal

Cirque du Soleil’s latest production, Crystal, brings the expected acrobatics and aerial tricks of previous shows, but this time on ice. Think a mashup of the grace of Olympic ice skaters, adrenaline of Crashed Ice (the winter extreme sport where skaters downhill race), and circus performers that leave you mesmerized. This season’s production brings 43 cast members, including three musicians who are also on skates. We were invited backstage to watch Cirque performers rehearse and learn a bit more about what goes on behind-the-scenes (like the 48 loads of laundry needed for the production’s nearly 2,000 costumes, or the Cirque-designed shoes that required 27 iterations before they allowed performers to both slide and brace themselves on ice). Check out the photos below. Crystal‘s in town at Sprint Center through this Sunday, January 20. 

All photos by Kelcie McKenney

Cirque du Soliel Crystal

Through January 20 at the Sprint Center, www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal    

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