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Cirque Du Soleil pays homage to classic Hollywood

18 Dec 2012 9:24 AM
Cirque Du Soleil pays homage to classic Hollywood

For nearly three decades, Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil has been linking the worlds of high-concept, expertly performed acrobatics and hilarious, creative street performance. The talented performers have starred in shows around the world, constantly reinventing their act and stretching the boundaries of the art form. Their latest production, Iris, was created specifically for the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, where it will run daily - excepting Tuesdays - through January 19, 2013.

In keeping with the troupe's other shows, Iris is a total departure from previous incarnations. It still features Cirque Du Soleil's trademark blend of high-octane, crisply choreographed stunts and cheeky humor and compelling style, but it does so while traveling through classic Hollywood's history. The Dolby Theatre, surrounded by Los Angeles luxury real estate and historic Tinseltown landmarks, serves as a perfect venue for this cinematic production.

Unsurprisingly, the creators of this one-of-a-kind event have a unique take on Hollywood's legend. By blending live music and intricate acrobatics with moving images and classic movie clips, Iris plants itself between reality and the world of movies and walks back and forth between them fluidly.

In his review of Iris for The Los Angeles Times, critic Charles McNulty praised the performance for the way it balanced the real and the surreal and created an exciting atmosphere filled with elements of ballet, gymnastics and clowning.

"The most ingenious moments pair human performers with their screen avatars, as when floating dancers have their shadows rapidly tracing their choreography," he wrote in his review.

With music by Oscar-nominated composer Danny Elfman and featuring 72 performers, 200 costumes, 8,300 square feet of performance floor and 20 video projectors, Iris is truly a Hollywood-level extravaganza and further proof that Los Angeles remains a home to groundbreaking theater.