Contemporary circus tale for the holiday season

In the 2022/23 winter season Müpa presents 'Kristály' in Budapest's Millenáris.  The immersive production that originally premiered five years ago evokes the atmosphere of the Christmas festivities. The contemporary circus winter tale welcomes children and adults alike in its snow-covered installation space that the audience can walk around and discover during the show. The unusual circus setting offers a unique experience for the celebration of Christmas, and a one-of-a-kind spectacle showcasing an exceptional series of amazing acrobatic and dance acts.

For the 2020/21 winter season when live performances were not possible in Europe, we created a special film production of ‘Kristály’ that premiered online on 27th December 2020 in Müpa Home and the Müpa Budapest YouTube channel, and was available from 28th December 2020 till 3rd January 2021 in Müpa Budapest Media.


The world of ‘Kristály’

The sparklingly frozen fairy-tale scenes come to live before the very eyes of the audience who become active participants of the show while moving around with the Elf, the show’s master of ceremonies to experience the different acts. The story evoking the characters and narratives of classic tales leads us to a world of glittering ice made by the Snow Queen who had lost her faith in human emotions and froze everything and everyone. The audience and the performers search for the warmth of love, the hope of light in the spectacle’s space filled with enthralling illusions and spellbinding feats.

‘Kristály’ was created and written by Bence Vági, working with long-time company members Renátó Illés, as co-director and acrobat-choreographer, and Gábor Zsíros, as choreographer. Featuring original music pieces and adaptions of Christmas classics, the score was written by Dávid Mester and Gábor Terjék. For ‘Kristály’, in addition to the internationally acclaimed acrobats and performers of the company, Recirquel teamed up with amazing hip-hop dancers and acrobats from Hungary and around the world.

The production can be adapted to any empty, large space like a circus tent, an arena, a large hall (including sport-halls, factory halls, museum halls, etc.) The structure of the show allows 3-4 performances a day.