If you’re in the L.A. area and have never seen a Cirque du Soleil show, now is your opportunity to see the company’s newest show, Iris, at the glamorous Kodak Theatre in Hollywood – the venue for the Academy Awards.
The new $100-million extravaganza subtitled “A Journey Through the World of Cinema,” combines acrobatics, dance, live video, film footage and interactive projections to explore the evolution of international cinema. My daughter, Christina, and I recently saw this fabulous show from our third level (fourth row) mezzanine seats, an ideal location in my opinion, to view the stage scenes below as well as the amazing trapeze acts at about eye level.
Musically-scored by composer Danny Elfman and directed by Philippe Decouflé (a French choreographer and dancer making his Cirque du Soleil debut), the production follows the story of two young heroes who find themselves in the middle of a joyful but chaotic film set.
Christina and I especially enjoyed watching the acrobatics and contortionists who demonstrate impressive athletic prowess. You have to see it to believe it - it's quite fascinating. The beginning and the end were our favorites, although there's a fun scene midway where the performers bounce off trampolines. The show opened with two similar-looking blond men swinging through the air like ballet dancers. Connected just with wrist straps, they performed graceful configurations high above the floor level.
A good portion of the show takes place on a film set, with a huge cast of characters dancing and tumbling on the stage. There were also a couple of comedy scenes, including a parody of an academy awards event. At times, there’s so much action that it’s almost hard to know where to look. But it doesn’t matter because it’s very entertaining even if you don’t always understand what’s going on. The dancers and acrobats glide over each other and climb on top of each other so seemingly effortlessly.
The two-hour show concludes with a grand finale of dancers on stage and acrobats somersaulting from the ceiling in a blaze of sparkling color. Tickets range from $43 - $133.Tickets can be purchased online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/IRIS or by calling 1-877-943-IRIS. For more information, please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.