Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal”: Five Things You Probably Didn’t Know

The BB&T Center turned into an iced wonderland Wednesday night, with the opening night of Cirque du Soleil’s very first show on ice, “Crystal.”

Through acrobatics and gravity-defying stunts, the show tells the story of a day-dreaming skater who falls through the ice on a frozen pond. On the other side, she sees her stronger, more confident alter ego who exposes her true potential.

Boca magazine had a chance to go behind the scenes of the crew’s very last rehearsal before opening, and we learned some cool facts about the costumes, the artists, and their day-to-day:

  1. The troupe travels with its own laundry machines.

Not every venue has washing machines, so Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal” crew travels with six of their own. They do 30 to 35 loads a day!

2. The artists had to learn the art of the ice.

To make “Crystal” a reality, 20 skaters had to learn acrobatics, and 20 acrobats had to learn how to skate. Talk about a learning curve!

3. Quick costume changes.

The fastest costume change is 35 seconds. There’s no time to waste between scenes, especially when you’re wearing ice skates, so costumes have a zipper up each side so the performers can quickly get in and out.

4. There’s lots and lots of wigs and costumes.

Backstage, you’ll find 27 different wigs in the wardrobe room. Plus, everyone’s costumes and a set of back-up costumes in case there’s damage beyond repair. Roughly 300 artisans work full time for Cirque du Soleil, to work on everything from shoes and hats to bodysuits and dresses.

5. The show is an international affair.

There are 43 artists in the show hailing from 13 different countries.


Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal” will be at the BB&T Center, One Panther Parkway in Sunrise through July 29. Get your tickets here.

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