We had a run-through with
an audience, yesterday. It was a great dress rehearsal. Everyone was in costume. From our perspective,
it was a major feat. At this point in the creation,
in the final weeks, we have to stay super involved
in the show, with the artists and with the other
designers, so we can react as quickly as possible,
make changes when technical
changes are needed, and then adapt. We’re seeing them
in the lighting for the first time. This is when it all
comes together. The show brings us inside the mind
of our main character, Crystal, and at that moment, she
discovers her inner voice, and it’s all done
through writing. So I started with this idea
of making marks, of writing, to kind of see all the
characters in her own words. It’s as if Crystal had drawn up her
perfect lover by writing about him, by putting him into words. So all of the shading is
done by layering letters. Naturally, having writing
means there has to be paper. We wanted to create a
crumpled paper effect, a bit like origami. At the same time, it
evokes ice crystals. We pretty much built
on that motif, working them into
the bluish prints of the Big City costumes. It’s the same motif we use
again in black and white to make the Shadow characters, who will help Crystal
find her voice. All right. It’s going to be difficult
to skate in the harness. It kind of feels like a corset, so it limits your body movement. Aha, there’s the wig. Ginger transformation! Me and Nobe, we do a
whole number together, so I’ll have the harness
on, we’ll be like, ugh… For the inspiration
of these make-up, I work basically more intuitively, so sometime I have
flash about colours. So, I try to do some
research, of course, watch the internet, Pinterest,
Instagram, name it, and then I go,
“Oh, I really like that idea!” So it gives me more ideas,
so then I try stuff, and at one point, I go like,
“Yeah, that’s the look.” We’re at the moment in the
process where the artists start to learn to do
their own make-up. I have 14 pages, step by step, make-up I have to learn. So the biggest challenge for them is to being totally
beginners in make-up and to do, like, a professional
type of make-up. So we’re showing them everything, like how to hold a
brush, how to blend, how to be precise,
and everything. Crystallize the world.
There you go, guys. There’s a little Crystal for you. For a lot of them,
it’s very new stuff. So they never did that
before—especially guys. This is really the first
time we’ve ever done this. For example, our
eyebrows are uneven. This is all new for
me, to put make-up. Never done before. The make-up is the
most stressful part. More than the show. Put make-up in my eye. It’s really nice, huh? They decided to cut the mustache; they said it didn’t really
go with my character, so I will not be wearing a
mustache in the show anymore. I need a D right there. It’s especially the glissando, the way you just did it,
super fast, that I… Yes. Because he’s coming down a
ramp, and he’s going fast. Today, we’re recording
Mathieu Désy. He plays electric
bass and double bass. You can get some great sounds
from software programs, but they will never match what a real musician can bring. Crystal is creating a
sort of imaginary world. We go into many different
musical styles, to show all of the different
worlds she dreams up. So to find the show’s
unifying element, we had to try a different approach.
It’s not done with the musical style. It’s really when you listen to the show’s
music as a whole that you’re like, “Ah, I get it. Now I hear it.” The theme comes back a
few times in the show to remind us that it’s all
happening while she’s underwater, between life and death. There are three musicians. Steven is our band leader. Lucine is our violinist. Camilo is a bit of a prodigy.
He plays clarinet, but there are several
types of clarinet: bass clarinet, E-flat clarinet, and they are played
very differently, and he’s a virtuoso on both. In this show, Maxim wrote
for his musicians. He really wrote out scores
specifically for each musician, which is
not always the case with other shows. The musicians like
that very much, but they have to work hard
to be able to play it. At least this way, they have a
challenge, and night after night, they have to meet it. I think it’s very
motivating for them. We’re excited, but we’re ready. It’s rare we’ll we say that. We’ve worked so hard, doubling our efforts in the
last ten days, I would say. We want an audience.
We need a reaction. We need to feel which moments
work best, where they are. Tonight is the big day.
Tonight is the premiere. Today, for me, what’s
important is that now, we give the show to you. Like,
it’s no longer our show. Like, from now on,
it’s your show, and it’s your baby, and you’re going
to let… put that life into it.

Costumes, Makeup, Music & MORE | Backstage at CRYSTAL Cirque du Soleil
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16 thoughts on “Costumes, Makeup, Music & MORE | Backstage at CRYSTAL Cirque du Soleil

  • December 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Can't wait to see this show for real! I'll probably will have to wait until it's in Europe though, but I bet it will be worth the wait!

  • December 14, 2017 at 12:18 am

    This was such an amazing show, it's great to see all the hard work that went into making it!

  • December 14, 2017 at 1:29 am

    Hey friends! What did you love most from this episode of 'Gliding Higher'? Can you guess what next episode will be about? 🤔

  • December 27, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Where can I find the last music of the video at 6:35 please ?? I just love it since today because I saw the show at Montreal!

  • January 15, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    Saw this show, loved it! I would really like a list of songs that were played during the performance please 🙂

  • January 16, 2018 at 3:57 am

    saw the show last night in Detroit with my family and we all really enjoyed it. My boys actually sat still to watch something 🙂

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  • February 21, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Sign up (GABRIEL MONIKE)

  • March 9, 2018 at 5:09 pm


  • April 7, 2018 at 3:34 am

    Amazing show – just got back from it! Anybody know what the typewriter song was called?

  • April 14, 2018 at 9:54 am

    you should make a music box for crystal music! They are so soothing, also the music for the ramps were exciting!

  • April 28, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Hey Cirque, I know this might be a lot to ask, but it's my 11th birthday this Thurday, and I really would like it if you could make a DVD of Crystal? I really loved Crystal, and I really would like to show my Mom and family the magic of it. If it's too much to ask, I totally understand. Just thought I'd ask.

  • December 21, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    You guys are so funny talking about the makeup 💄
    Thank you for showing us the music part, we were wondering if it was live,,, especially the violinist

  • April 3, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    Très bien de toutes à vous… Crystal ètait trés bien!

  • May 19, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I watched the Crystal today…
    It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g!!

  • July 10, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    When are we getting a soundtrack?!


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