"Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience" is the latest production by Cirque du Soleil.

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A blend of skating artistry and Cirque du Soleil's graceful but exciting production elements are on display currently at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

"Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience"runs through Nov.19 at the arena. The production is Cirque du Soleil's first foray into the ice skating world.

Audience members who like both the skilled talents of Cirque performers and the ice skating art will enjoy this show. It's filled with both graceful and exuberant skating as well as the  traditional skilled Cirque feats people have come to expect from the Canadian performance troupe.

"Crystal" tells the story of main character Crystal who goes on a journey of one's imagination in quite the surreal way as she questions herself and her life exploring the world of self perception and the meaning of life.

The show is made specifically for arenas with many segments showcasing sweeping skating segments and a solid score of contemporary music.

Much of the production showcases dream-like segments as audience members are privy to Crystl's inner thoughts and perceptions.

Among highlights of the show are the skaters who perform a hockey game segment as they fiercely move across the ice, skating up and down ramps and executing daredevil maneuvers.

Other performances of note include fascinating dance numbers on ice and acrobatic segments featuring detailed trapeze work.

FYI: "Crystal: A Breakthrough Ice Experience" continues to Nov.19 at Sears Centre Arena, Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Visit

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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.