So Crystal is the story of a girl
struggling to find her place in society. And ends up, you know, going
out onto a winter pond and then falling through the ice, and in fact the whole show sort of
transpires while she is under the ice. She has a vision. She goes into her subconscious, which is a transformation
of reality. Allegorically speaking, it’s
this idea that sometimes to get to sort of the most
brilliant parts of ourself, you have to go to these deep depths and
get in touch with the sort of darker, perhaps, side of ourselves but
then bring that up to the light. It seems like a very natural
extension of Cirque du Soleil to bring the performance to ice and
to actually take ice disciplines and push them further
as Cirque always does. Saint-Roch, Canada
Week 3 Good afternoon to you all. A pleasure to see you for week 3. We’re very happy with where
we’re at, I believe. Cirque had already been exploring the
possibility of producing an ice show for a good decade at least. And 1, 2, 3, 4. 5, 6, 7, 8! About a year ago,
we were approached about revisiting that idea. 1, 2 and 3 and 4 and 5, 6, 7, 8 and 1, 2 and 3 and 4 and 5, 6, 7, 8.
1, 2… We just begin the office, which is the part that everybody
is at their desk, they’re crazy, crazy automatic and they’re working so hard they’re
getting crazier and crazier. That’s the second
rehearsal of that and we just had 2 hours so far,
which is pretty, pretty good, so that tells me that I can add a lot
of choreography, which is great. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 1… Whoooo! I need a D right there. Super. Today we’re recording
with Mathieu Désy, who plays both electric
and double bass. You can get some great sounds
from software programs, but they will never match what a real musician can bring. In Crystal, we go into many
different musical styles, to illustrate 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, “Oh, I get it. I’ve heard
this theme before.” The theme comes back a
few times in the show to remind us that it’s all
happening while she’s under water. Week 7 So today, we are presenting an acrobatic
presentation of where we are right now. The goal of this is to make sure that
everybody in the company knows where we are in terms of evolution in
the creation of the show. Today, we have about a dozen
performances for you. I would say it’s still a preliminary version,
especially in terms of the acrobatics. And music… Go! Week 8 That’s our new house. It’s like a real stage. It’s not an ice rink
anymore, it’s a stage. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s getting real! Welcome to block 2 and week 8! As you’ve seen coming into the
building, the set is here, yes. Also, all other technical aspects
are up in the air as well, so lighting, video, sound as well. Just one note: We’re going 6 days a
week starting this week, all right? So longer hours, longer weeks. We’re going through a lot together.
It’s a process. We’re really pushing along with the
numbers and we made a lot of progress. Oh, nice! So even though we’re
on the ice a lot, I feel like every minute
is very well spent. Yeah, we’re all hanging in
there and we’re all together. You know, we got a good group
here, so it makes things easier. Right from the beginning, the acrobats started
to learn to skate and the skaters started to
learn some acrobatic moves and from that moment, everybody
realized how difficult each other’s strengths were and had
an amazing respect for one another, so it’s been wonderful
to see that happen. My big challenge is to skate now. I need to do juggling on the
ice, but it’s cool. It’s easy to do what you know. What’s harder is adapting to everything
around you, all the new elements—it’s a nice challenge. There’s a number that I do with some
of the other girls that’s very, like, modern and artistic that I, like, I’m
like obsessed with, so. It’s, like, my little chance
to show what I can do. We’ve got a young guy from Mongolia called Ochir who’ll be balancing on chairs
at a pretty impressive height. I start when I was 9 years old, contortion and handstand. On top, I just hear my
breath, also heartbeat. I feel all of that, like all the way through you have
to feel the chairs’ legs, you know, like, with your part of your body. If you don’t feel the
chairs gonna kick you out. Week 11 Meanwhile, we’ve taken
things a little further. We have interactive video, which is video that reacts to
the skaters and that changes based on what they’re doing. I would say we’ve tried to
create our own aesthetic. Sometimes we go for
more of a vintage, 1960s feel, something
a little crazy. But at other times, we go to
extremes that are more futuristic, with lines and a more
minimalist look. It has to be clear that all the
worlds we explore in the show are in her head. So we thought, if we’re
dealing with memory, memory is not linear; it can jump from one
thing to another. So I would say each scene
has a different influence. Shading all the naked parts. We’re at the moment in the process
where the artists start to learn to do their own make up. I have 14 pages of 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. Never done before. The make-up is the most stressful part.
More than the show. Week 13 Things are moving fast.
We are almost ready to leave. I think people are pretty excited about
moving on to Lafayette, Louisiana, so we’ll have all of our tools with us because we are missing a few pieces
here due to the building configuration. I’m someone new in a new place. Lafayette, United States
Week 15 A sharp tingle. A chill.
A smell I’ve never smelled. Steel. Glass. Tall. Taller. The air is crowded. I am something else. We have a show now. In St-Roch, we had
maybe 70% of the show because we didn’t have
the track and trolley, which takes us from
one place to another. We had a run-through with an audience
yesterday. It was a great dress rehearsal. Everyone was in costume. The show brings us inside the mind
of our main character, Crystal, and at that moment, she
discovers her inner voice and everything happens
through her writing. So I started with this idea
of making marks, of writing, to kind of see all the
characters in her own words. The hard work always pays off. To develop something like this on this
big of a scale of a show, it takes the 12 to 15 hours, it takes the coming in extra early,
getting the warmup, leaving a little bit later just
to finish things up. I can’t wait to start this tour. Montreal World Premiere This is the world
premier in Montreal. So everybody is excited, everybody is somehow perhaps nervous
on some levels. Since Lafayette we have been
working on the fine tuning mostly and also just making sure the performers
really are getting comfortable within the parts they portray
and the roles that they play. I’m so happy about the show. I’m so excited to be here for the world
premier and to see all the work that’s been now
put in over so many months and to see it all
finally coming together and really gelling and
looking so beautiful. I just can’t wait. We are super excited for tonight. I feel like it’s been a long time
coming for us to get to Montreal since we created the show and it’s going to be really exciting
to see the reaction this evening. Stressed—well, pressure is normal. But no, it’s okay—
I think we’re ready. I think we’ve worked
well, we’ve worked hard these last several
weeks and months. And we’ve really turned up the
heat in the last few days so that it’s—well, we’ll try to
be perfect for the premiere. The public is
the best part of the performance because their reaction lets
you know how you’re doing and I’ve done my job well if
I can make somebody laugh or cry or react in any way,
so that’s the best part. I am incredibly, incredibly,
incredibly proud and excited to introduce Crystal to Montreal. A year ago when we were writing
it, we had storyboards and scenarios and I feel like
when I see the show now, I see all of those storyboards,
I see those first scripts and that’s an amazing feeling to
have thought of like a little seed of something and watch it come
to life on such huge scale. We’re gonna remember this day
for the rest of our lives and we’re spending it together
and I’m really honoured to spend it with all of you
amazing, amazing, amazing people. Everyone be safe, have fun. This is the beginning of an amazing journey. Thank you all. Merci. I want to welcome the world
of skating and skaters because this is a brand new world
and it was such a fun time to mix and not to do a show
that we’ve done, like with circus people,
but to have a new family. We joined together
with the acrobats and I think we opened a door and I hope
people will do more shows like that and we had a blast and you
guys you were so good, I don’t want to do any
more shows in my life. This is the end of my career. It’s over!
I’m done! I’m done. Thank you.

The Complete Making of the Cirque du Soleil Show CRYSTAL
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55 thoughts on “The Complete Making of the Cirque du Soleil Show CRYSTAL

  • March 26, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I love this show so much it just came in to town and it was amazing

  • March 26, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Is very very COOL i ❤ cirque du soleil😍

  • March 26, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    How must it feel to be a part of such an amazing, spectacular, glorious production. I'm sitting here with tears of joy at what we can create. Stunning!

  • March 26, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    I want to see this one so bad!!!!!

  • March 26, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    I'm envy of all of them who are able to attend and see this wonderful show. Maybe someday, maybe, who knows, but meanwhile, a huge congratulation for all these amazing artists.
    Greatings from Perú!!

  • March 26, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    I’m seeing Crystal ON my birthday next week and I’M SO EXCITED!!!

    Edit: Sorry, jut realized my bday is two weeks from now. SO ONLY TWO WEEKS!

  • March 26, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Hey everyone, we hope you loved watching the complete Making-Of CRYSTAL! What was your favorite part of this video? We'd love to know!

  • March 26, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    I really love watching ice skaters which makes me want to watch Crystal. It sounds amazing! And also, I just got back from California to watch Luzia. The show was super cool!! I ended up buying it’s DVD in Las Vegas so I can watch any time haha

  • March 27, 2018 at 1:15 am

    So I went to see Crystal when it came through Ceadr Park, TX, USA. It was the most amazing experience. I loved every second. I would love a video copy…but a video would not adequately capture the thrills and heartwrenching story. Beautiful and well done.

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  • March 29, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    I saw CRYSTAL when it came to Pittsburgh and I loved it SO much! Unforgettable, beautiful, intense…and it made my heart glow. Still does, in fact, whenever I think about it. THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard to make such a special and wonderful show! Words just do NOT do it justice! 🙂 <3

  • March 31, 2018 at 8:07 am

    i've seen it on a school trip, I found it amazing!

  • April 2, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    Such a beautiful show. I found it more moving and entertaining than Olympic skating in so many ways. Such a treat for the senses. Thank you!

  • April 3, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    About 5 of those views are from me

  • April 6, 2018 at 8:38 am

    I just saw the show with my 4 and 7 year old girls. It was AMAZING! It’s surreal and very artistic! And I love that my daughters got to see how Crystal as such an empowering female lead character.

  • April 11, 2018 at 4:32 am

    What I like about the Making-Of CRYSTAL?  Seeing the stars and creators up close, their personalities and the creation process as well as seeing again clips from “Crystal.”My Daughter and I saw Crystal last month in San Diego.  We loved it so much we saw it twice.  We would have gone again but it was here for only 5 days. 
    Spoiler alert:  She was so excited to be given the flowers (and me too).  She took about 10 selfies with those flowers, ha ha.Ten years ago, my Daughter got me hooked on Cirque du Soleil.  Since then we’ve seen 16 different Cirque du Soleil shows together, some more than once.
    We love Cirque du Soleil and Crystal is a top favorite!

  • April 15, 2018 at 2:44 am

    so so so ahhhhhmmmmmaaazing

  • May 1, 2018 at 6:55 am

    cannot get enough of this show.

  • June 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Your creativity knows NO limits!!!! It's amazing and thrilling to watch the visual and physical extravagances you produce! It really does bring me into another world that is SO consuming!! I LOVE IT! Keep it up and thank you!!

  • June 19, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I've got tickets to take my Dad in Greenville SC.  Can't wait to see Crystal!

  • July 4, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Honestly I'm so happy i found out about Cirque du soleil today the productions and preparations are so inspiring i want to be a part of it just pushes me harder to be a dancer/choreographer…i mean what more motivation do i need…this is amazing

  • July 11, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Anyone know if this kind of show is a trigger for an epileptic?

  • August 11, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Does anyone know how to get the soundtrack?? It sounds so amazing!!

  • August 20, 2018 at 3:59 am

    I went to the show tonight and I loved it so much!! Y’all are awesome

  • September 14, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Amazing show…i would love to have the soundtrack

  • September 29, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    3:18 Celeste, the videogame, cirque version!

  • October 7, 2018 at 12:30 am

    10:17 what’s the name of the song??

  • October 7, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    This show was so amazing it was like a dream come true

  • October 17, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Cirque gives so much beauty and meaning to life ! I have been to 3 shows and I’m hooked !

  • December 3, 2018 at 1:41 am

    Just saw the show. Definitley loved it. Cirque du Soleil always delivers!

  • December 10, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    We saw the show earlier this year in BC, Canada and it was gorgeous <3 Love all of Cirque's productions!!!

  • December 15, 2018 at 4:13 am

    amazing show!!!! must see!!!

  • December 17, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Buena perrisooooo !!

  • January 10, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Wonderful, I love them!!

  • February 10, 2019 at 3:28 am

    i just saw Crystal tonight in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Such an Amazing performance

  • February 17, 2019 at 6:33 am

    I saw it today! It was so amazing, definitely the best I have ever seen.

  • February 18, 2019 at 5:42 am

    I'm a little disappointed the straps act didn't make it to the Edmonton show

  • February 21, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Will any on tour shows make it to las Vegas because I was wondering if they are?

  • April 3, 2019 at 12:14 am

    Loved seeing this in full in Sacramento…awesome job by all…Crystal was sweet! (I'm not married so can say that with a clear conscience) 🙂

  • April 7, 2019 at 7:51 am

    Just watched tonight in Stockton California. It was beautiful, every second of it.

  • April 8, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Just saw this in Stockton today – damn. Go see it if it comes to your city!

  • April 12, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Just saw the show in Everett, Washington and I want to do something like this now instead of competing

  • April 12, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I was frustrated with Crystal comparing with other CDS shows…..nothing particularly with the performers, but with the format of the show, which in my opinion is not a CDS standard.

  • April 21, 2019 at 4:48 am

    I just saw this today in Duluth Minnesota! It was an amazing show. I definitely want to go see it again 🙂

  • May 3, 2019 at 5:54 am

    recently watched the show in Madison…it was awesome!🌟 i splurged on buying a ticket towards the front and it was really worth it!! i really liked the music, performance, interactive element, set design, tech, etc! they all came together well, and of course the camaraderie too.

    As a creative, i feel like i can relate to the character crystal too so the show was a bit inspiring! i want to be a part of the creative process of something grand like this in the future!! someday! a girl can dream

  • May 12, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I saw this last night and even just the costumes have gotten better and changed from this video! There is also some things new, and some things that arent in it anymore, like the chair stacking. Great job to the whole cast and crew!

  • June 20, 2019 at 1:49 am

    So inspiring!

  • June 23, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Sadly, because of traffic, I missed like 15 minutes of the show, where she fell into the ice….😞 it was still amazing thought!😋
    Edit: I walked in to the part when she and herself were skating, and she was about to get a pen

  • June 23, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    This show was AMAZING!!!!Enjoyed ever second. This was my second Cirque du Soleil. I am a fan for life!

  • July 5, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    I saw the show last night in Kingston it was amazing

  • July 28, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    We went to see this show yesterday in Indianopolis, IN. It. Was. Amazing!!!

  • August 2, 2019 at 1:30 am

    The 'office' segment reminded me so much of 'Unhappy' from The Producers. I sense maybe some inspiration was taken from that, honestly. It truly was sensational and honestly I can't wait to get a release of the soundtrack. It is truly inspirational, uplifting, mesmerizing and magical !

  • August 16, 2019 at 12:29 am

    Crystal was the first show I ever saw just a few months ago! I've been in awe of them since my cousin showed me them when I was 17 on YouTube and I'm so happy that 6 years later I was finally able to see them! Now I just need to see alegria then i can die happy! COME TO TEXAS USA SOON!

  • August 16, 2019 at 4:29 am

    I wish there was a video available for purchase of the show, it was fantastic

  • August 17, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    What's the name of the opening song? It's super beautiful!


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