Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE… Delivers Multi-Sensory Holiday Magic

Nicole Faubert and Guillaume Paquin on straps. Photo by Errisson Lawrence

Over one hundred years before Superman was spotted flying over a New York City sky another airborne gentleman donned in red took the world by storm and has remained a cultural phenomenon ever since.  For it was in 1823 that Clement Clark Moore penned the poem “A Visit From Saint Nicholas” after heading home to his family via sleigh on Christmas Eve. Moore’s poem, otherwise known by its more popular title, “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas”, has since served as the basis of hundreds of various adaptations in every form of entertainment.   

However, it is in the World Premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s gloriously immersive ‘Twas The Night Before… which opened for a limited run at the Chicago Theatre, that the true magic of Moore’s stanzas are realized.

In ‘Twas The Night Before..., Cirque once again creates a world within a world for the spectacle to unfold as we follow the story’s heroine Isabella (Michelle Clark) and her father (Alexis Vigneault) as the magical spirit of Christmas methodically fills a young soul in need of believing.  

Through high spirited, hip-hopping reindeer (Jenna Beltrane, Kalila Hermant, Samuel Moore, Paul Ross, Diana Schoenfield and Bianca Vallor); precision roller-ice skating  (Rosie Axon and Adam Jukes), stunning aerial acts which include Nicole Faubert and Guillaume Paquin on straps, Tuedon Ariri’s beautiful airborne solo on silk and of course signature Cirque acrobatics (Quentin Greco, Jacob Gregoire, Chauncey Kroner, Timothé Vincent, Jinge Wange and Evan Tomlinson Weintraub), Isabella discovers that one must look beyond all the modern day “noise” we are bombarded with on a daily basis to discover that the quiet constant of a parent’s love is where the true spirit of Christmas can be found.  

With the holiday season giving us the usual vanilla traditional theatrical entertainments, Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Twas The Night Before… stands apart as a visual and auditory spiritual awakening that is both relevant and needed in today’s multi-media culture. 

The World Premiere of ‘Twas the Night Before… runs through December 8, 2019 at The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State Street.  For more information and tickets to ‘Twas the Night Before… visit chicagotheatre.com/cirque or call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or the Ticketmaster Box Office at The Chicago Theatre.