Synchro Promotion

One hour of on ice shows to escape from everyday life


Crystal features an international cast composed of figure, extreme and freestyle ice skaters, acrobats, musicians and a comic character. (Credits: Cirque du Soleil)

Cirque du Soleil is inviting skating lovers from all over the world for a brand new CirqueConnect 60-minute special. The public will discover this Friday May 15th some of the most thrilling moments from Cirque du Soleil’s first on ice shows: Crystal and Axel. Sheila Morin, chief marketing & experience officer in Cirque du Soleil, answers Jura Synchro’s questions.

The Cirque du Soleil has been publishing video shows every week since the beginning of the crisis. Why did you launch this initiative? 

At Cirque du Soleil, our mission is to offer an escape from everyday life through the delight and whimsy of our shows. We bring hope and joy to people everywhere we go. Now more than ever, we want to do our little part to spread joy, even from afar, directly to your safe spaces.

Because of the situation, we are in, we had to be creative to find ways to stay connected with our fans while we are stuck at home. 8 weeks ago we launched our Cirque du Soleil Content Hub #CirqueConnect and every Friday 3pm EST (Montreal time, it means 9 pm Friday in Paris or 5 am Saturday in Sydney) we have a special program.

Which content can be discovered? 

The CirqueConnect content hub is filled with footage from our various multimedia offerings, including: 

60-minute specials: Cirque du Soleil opens its vault of live show recordings and invites fans to witness some of the most iconic show moments.

Virtual Reality Experiences: Download the Cirque du Soleil VR app to get onstage and step into the heart of Cirque du Soleil most thrilling moments. 

Content Series and Tutorials: With titles such as Cirque it Out and Color Me Cirque, audiences can exercise like a Cirque du Soleil artist and learn make-up techniques from the professionals.

Music: Sit back and enjoy, sing along or get up and dance to a variety of music videos and soundtracks from our Cirque du Soleil shows.

Family-Friendly Favorites: Cirque du Soleil family programming includes Netflix’s Luna Petunia, an animated series of adventure, friendship and learning in the fantastical land of Amazia and Big Top Academy, an original live-action kids series centered around an extraordinary group of young acrobats who dream of becoming circus artists.


This Friday, you will offer special content that will definitely interest skating lovers. Can you tell us more about it? 

Yes! Cirque du Soleil comes back again this week and invites its fans from all over the world for a one of a kind 60-minute “on-ice” special. Viewers will enjoy some of the best live show moments from Crystal and AXEL, our 2 on-ice productions, and discover world-class ice skaters and acrobats taking their frozen playground by storm with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with daring and outstanding performances.

Cirque du Soleil recruits athletes coming from different contexts and sports for your productions. For the past three years, the Cirque has been interested in ice skating!

Ice is an amazing playground for us. It brings speed and fluidity for unexpected acrobatics. We also loved the idea of the fusion World-class ice skaters and the best acrobats on the planet.  It creates something unique, different and truly awe-inspiring for the whole family.

Have you ever recruited former synchronized skaters?

Yes, these two productions include many former ice skaters. 

Eleven different nationalities are represented in the cast of Crystal. (Credits: Cirque du Soleil)

You currently have two ice shows. Could you speak a little bit more about them?

Crystal is the 42nd creation of Cirque du Soleil and explores the artistic possibilities of ice for the first time. This unique production pushes boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. Watch as world-class ice skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Follow Crystal, the lead character, on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Crystal invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to a colorful life with astounding visual projections and an original score that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil. 

Marilyn Langlois, head coach of the synchronized skating teams Les Suprêmes, collaborates in the Crystal show. (Credits: Cirque du Soleil)

AXEL is the 48th original production of Cirque du Soleil, and its second on-ice experience. Cirque du Soleil invites you to an odyssey on ice in which graphics, music, skating and acrobatics come together to create a colourful, emotionally rich universe.

Join AXEL and his adrenaline-fueled crew on an exhilarating adventure as his passion for music and graphic arts takes you on an electrifying journey. In this epic fantasy, AXEL will realize that love is the source of the light that will give him the courage and strength he needs to overcome any obstacle and make his wildest dreams come true. 

AXEL is a truly inspiring experience for the whole family, reminding each of us how important it is to believe in our dreams. As well as stunning figure skating and circus arts on ice, AXEL is a show set to an upbeat musical score packed with original pop compositions and a handful of unique takes on famous hits, all performed live by AXEL and his band. The creative team drew inspiration from the energy and excitement of arena concerts and sports events to create an electro-pop circus show on ice.

A few fun facts: 

All types of skates are used in the show including figure skates, ice dance, and hockey skates. Those used by figure skaters have toe picks for control and flatter blades while hockey skate blades are curved for maneuverability and speed.

To achieve the look of many pairs of skates throughout the show, the Cirque du Soleil created covers that zips on and off the skates. The coverings have been painted so they have the same look as the shoes. 

How and where to discover Friday’s special ice show?
This Friday May 15, Cirque du Soleil is premiering a brand new special ice skating content at 3 pm (Montreal time).

Enjoy the best moments from Crystal and Axel, the very first on ice productions from Cirque du Soleil on the CirqueConnect content hub! 

You can't make it? Don't worry, the content will be available anytime after that on the Cirque Connect content hub.