Cirque du Soleil Returns to Pgh Jan 17-21 as an Ice Experience ‘Crystal’

I love Cirque du Soleil. I saw my first performance in 2005, just months before I began this blog. I remember it very clearly because it was mesmerizing. That’s an odd juxtaposition, but those of you who have been to Cirque will probably understand. That show was called Varekai! and it was in a big top in the Heinz Field parking lot. In 2011, we were invited to Totem in the Strip District which was mesmerizing and surreal. I remember as we walked through the Strip to the series of tents that this was how people who lived in that neighborhood, when it was residential, experienced art.

I still have the souvenir cup from Totem. Each time I see it on the shelf, I close my eyes and think back. It was a powerful, heady experience. The cup is actually compostable per Cirque, but I can’t bear to part with it even seven years later.

Cirque is back in 2018 with a brand-new experience – an ice show at PPG Paints Arena from January 17-21. What better way to push through this horrible frigid weather than to look ahead to Cirque? 

Crystal – A Breakthrough Ice Experience
Crystal is the first-ever experience on ice from Cirque du Soleil. World-class ice skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground by storm with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with a flurry of unexpected acrobatics. A new kind of performance as Cirque du Soleil meets the ice.

Crystal, the show’s main character, sets out on an exhilarating quest to fulfill her destiny as she dives into a world of her own imagination. She soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, freed, empowered.

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.

Tickets start at $40 and be purchased online.