Cirque Du Soleil Brings Its First Ice Show, CRYSTAL, to San Jose’s SAP Center

CRYSTAL—Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd production and first-ever experience on ice—has arrived in San Jose’s SAP Center until April 1, 2018.

COURTSHIPIn typical Cirque fashion, the show is innovative, visually stunning, funny, and full of imaginative scenarios that only a Cirque show can take you through. Artists and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines to take the audience into the dream world conjured up by the show’s main character, Crystal (Nobahar Dadui).

Crystal finds herself feeling the weight of the mundane life and dreaming of breaking away, “I don’t belong here, I want to live in a book…”. She tells herself, “skate away from them all, find the one inside”, and then begins a magical world of synchronized skating, freestyle, figure, and extreme skating combined with swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand to hand acts. She goes through a self-reflection that leads her to a feeling of freedom and empowerment. The acrobats push their limits and fly through the air demonstrating a weightlessness one can only feel when open to taking risks.

01_TEMPETE-0265The show has something for everyone. There are little amusements like fake falls to make people laugh, incredible stunts for the thrill seekers, and the colorful and musical representations for the artists and dreamers. In the end Crystal breaks through the ice and resurfaces, “everythng feels real until you realize you’re dreaming.”

Another key feature of Cirque shows is their dedication to warming up the audience. Prior to show time they take a more creative approach to getting your attention than just blinking the house lights on and off. For Crystal, this warm up included snow ball fights on stage and within the audience. This is what makes Cirque enjoyable by many. Their creative approach caters to their specific audience, in this production it’s inclusive to all ages and tastes.

13_BALLROOM-3587Want to get your first choice at seats at future shows? Sign Up for a complimentary membership. Cirque Club members receive advance access to the best seats, deals and discounts for tickets, promotions with their partners and a chance to experience never before seen exclusive Cirque du Soleil content.

For more information, visit: www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal
 

Update: Cirque has done it again, all shows at the San Jose location are sold out. 

 

CRYSTAL – A Breakthrough Ice Experience | Cirque du Soleil


 

Silicon Valley Comic Con – Photos

A re-cap in photos of the fans and exhibits.

Welcome to Silicon Valley Comic Con by Steve Wozniak!

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Cosplay

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Discovering artists, new comics, and collectibles!  calls himself a “raptoonist” as he combines his love of Hip Hop and Comics into Won & Phill: Hip-Hop Heroes who fight the corporate evilness that tries to control Hip-Hop. 

 

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Artist Frank J. Gallardo

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The Exhibit Hall

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Exhibit by Rancho Obi-Wan (ROW), highlighting nearly 38 years of Star Wars fan passion and creativity. They were in the Guinness book of world records for the largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia.

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Madame Tussauds Exhibit

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Silicon Valley Comic Con

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Stan Lee Autograph Seekers

 

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These mini fans had everyone smiling!

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Celebrities, Diversity, and Fans – SVCC

The best part of Silicon Valley Comic Con was watching fans getting a chance to interact with some of their favorite actors during spotlight sessions. Jeremy Lee Renner caught a fan off guard when she told him it was her birthday and he ran offstage to give her a hug. Fans often try to ask for hugs or autographs during these types of sessions but actors are usually weary of obliging since the requests will most likely keep pouring in. However, this fan didn’t ask and he did it by his own accord. It was a wonderful spontaneous moment that truly brought about the message of what Comic Cons are suppose to be about, the fans. He talked about his acting methods and how he started out as a musician before getting into acting. He often creates a playlist for each role that he has to get into the characters headspace. A fan asked him about his work with Gabrielle Union and if he’d like to work with her again and he said he definitely would, “I don’t think there’s anybody I wouldn’t want to work with again and I’ve come across some amazing talented people over the years”.

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Nathan Fillion provided the following advice to an aspiring actor, “Be kind to people on the way up because they’re the same people you’ll meet on the way back down”. When asked who he’d like to work with dead or alive he said Elvis. He acknowledged that it might come as a surprise to some but reminded the audience that even though the movies Elvis starred in were considered terrible by many, it doesn’t mean the actor is bad or not trying. It was a great point to make since there are many elements to a film and sometimes people forget that. On a side note he also said, Kevin Bacon.

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Nichelle Nichols spoke about her important work with NASA in recruiting people of color and women. Unfortunately, Rod Rodenberry couldn’t resist diminishing her accomplishments by re-directing the questions to himself, “Would you have recruited me”? he kept asking after a detailed recollection of how there were zero, zilch, zip, not one person of color or woman at NASA at that time. The recruiters at NASA gave her excuses like, there’s no one qualified, no one interested and they just didn’t know where to look. She herself was caught off guard when she didn’t want to take the job because she was “just a fictional character on television”. Eventually, she gave in to their requests to be the main recruiter for diversifying the program and became part of one of the most important recruitment processes at NASA. Some of her recruits included Guion Bluford (the first African-American astronaut), Sally Ride (the first female American astronaut), Judith Resnik (one of the original set of female astronauts, who perished during the launch of the Challenger on January 28, 1986), and Ronald McNair (the second African-American astronaut, and another victim of the Challenger accident). (source: space.com)

After all this Roddenberry, a white man born with more than average privilege as the son of Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek asked, “Would you have recruited me?”. It goes to show that diversity in panel leads are just as important as the guests that are invited. She should’ve never been disrespected like that and proves the point that it doesn’t matter whom one is related to or what he donates to, some people will just never get it. He even grew up around her although, maybe that’s why he was so comfortable asking such a stupid question. Who knows? Money can never replace experience, intelligence and common sense. It was a shame to have to witness that after the inspiring story she told. 

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Wozniak Immortalized in Wax – Silicon Valley Comic Con

The Bay Area came out strong this weekend for Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC). Long lines had many frustrated during the inaugural event. If anything, the crowd was proof that there was a void that needed to be filled. The Bay Area has long been missing a Comic Con event since WonderCon left for Anaheim in 2012. Eager fans waited patiently as dedicated volunteers scrambled to get answers for guests. 

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During the welcoming ceremony Storm Troopers marched down the aisle prior to the introduction of Steve Wozniak, Apple Co-Founder and SVCC’s Founder. He disappeared at one point and Madame Tussaud’s director, Chris Connor came out onstage to reveal that Wozniak was the tech innovator they had chosen to mold into their newest wax figure at Madame Tussaud’s San Francisco. When the figure was unveiled the audience was surprised with two Wozniaks. Which one was the real one? He pretended to throw his voice but it was his wife playing a tape backstage. The stunt drew big laughs.

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It wasn’t just the audience’s first time seeing it, it was also Wozniaks. He said he was honored and surprised at how grueling the process was to create a figure, “The incredible art and precision went into getting every little measurement and detail for about 5 hours, pictures at every angle and the human worker, to make it come out you know, realistic looking. I did not know there was so much involved. I thought, take a picture and a computer prints it out.”

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After the reveal, Wozniak addressed the audience with a heart felt speech about what creating this event for the Bay Area meant to him. He talked about feeling out of place and looking to Comic-books for inspiration. Oh, he also fantasized about flying! 

The figure will be on display at Tussauds’ Comic Con booth for the entire weekend before it’s moved to its San Francisco location for permanent display.