Break­ing the Ice

Cirque du Soleil skates into Ger­main Arena

Bonita & Estero Magazine - - IN THE COMMUNITY - BY MANDY CAR TER

C irque du Soleil re­turns to Ger­main Arena in Es­tero this sum­mer but the leg­endary troupe is by­pass­ing its usual “Big Top ap­proach.” With its new tour­ing pro­duc­tion of Crys­tal: A Break­through Ice Ex­pe­ri­ence, the ac­tion takes place on ice!

It is the group’s 42nd show and its first to be per­formed on an ice rink. Ac­cord­ing to Cirque, the pro­duc­tion “pushes bound­aries by blend­ing stun­ning skat­ing dis­ci­plines, ac­ro­batic feats that defy the imag­i­na­tion and the ice for a unique can­vas.”

Crys­tal is about look­ing at things from new an­gles that re­frame one’s day-to-day re­al­ity—while fol­low­ing the lead char­ac­ter in a “jour­ney to­ward em­pow­er­ment as her imag­i­na­tion turns ev­ery­day sce­nar­ios into ex­tra­or­di­nary mo­ments. … Some­times the only way to ap­pre­ci­ate things is to look at them side­ways.”

Au­di­ence mem­bers are cer­tain to be thrilled by watch­ing world-class ice skaters and gym­nasts as they “dis­cover in­di­vid­u­al­ity through the unique ex­pres­sion dis­played on un­charted ter­ri­tory—a sheet of ice.” The show is sub­ti­tled A

Break­through Ice Ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause view­ers “will sus­pend re­al­ity and glide into a col­or­ful world as Cirque du Soleil meets the ice.”

The com­pany’s six per­for­mances at Ger­main Arena are sched­uled from July 12 to 15 and in­clude evening and mati­nee shows. Tick­ets range from $48 to $133, and park­ing is $20. For more in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets, visit cirque­du­soleil.com/crys­tal.

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