Rooting for underdogs!
Review with photos by WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station:
At the Agganis Arena through June 12, the ice-skating emphasis is a new element for the Montreal-based company. “It was spectacular, and a joy to behold from start to finish,” writes WBUR contributor Jim Sullivan.
This particular show at the Agganis Arena is called “Crystal,” and the ice-skating emphasis is a new element for Bostonians, if not for the Cirque itself. “Crystal” went up four years ago — and took the requisite pandemic hiatus — but made its area debut June 1, the first of 15 performances that run through June 12.
It was spectacular, and a joy to behold from start to finish. And, in many ways, a novel joy. The hitch with Cirque is that, as dazzling as the shows are the first few times you see them — and I’ve seen nearly every one that’s been here — eventually, the bloom falls off the rose. As in, “Wow, that was great, but been there, seen that.” The physicality and artistry may not vary in quality, even if the fantastical “plots” differ, but often the takeaway — expectations met — leads to a curious sort of fantastic-but-meh duality.
Upcoming shows on the tour schedule after Boston are Newark, NJ (June 16-19), Philadelphia (June 24-26), St. Catharines, ON (June 20-July 3), Providence, RI (July 7-10): https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystalOne of the figure skaters, Scott Smith, trained at Boston Skating Club when he moved to Boston at age 20. He’s 40 now and is one of the suit-and-tie “businessmen” who try to one-up each other with stunts. “The most dangerous trick I do is I backflip over another person,” he said. “It definitely takes some practice to perform safely over and over again, four weeks.”