New Show From Cirque du Soleil: IRIS

Hollywood, California, Hollywood & Highland, Kodak Theater

World famous Cirque du Soleil will premiere its newest masterpiece Iris next summer at its permanent home, the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. Tickets are on sale now exclusively through their website and I, for one, am really excited to see it!

The production will take spectators on “a voyage through the history of cinema and its genres.” From silent movies to talkies, black & white to color, and animation to the current 3D craze, this new show is sure to appeal to audiences of all ages. As you may have figured out, the name “Iris” refers to the adjustable opening that controls the amount of light that passes through a camera lens (as well as the eye.) Like all of Cirque du Soleil’s shows, Iris is certain to showcase mind-blowing acrobatics, sumptuous costumes and sets, and phantasmagorical imagery.

The production was written and directed by first-time Cirque collaborator, Philippe Decouflé. Danny Elfman (best known for his film scores for director Tim Burton) composed the original score. He is one of my favorite composers and I think his quirky style will lend itself perfectly to the artistry of Cirque du Soleil.

The show is set to open on July 22nd, 2011. Tickets for the preview performances in July range in price from $33 to $100.50 (or VIP passes are available for $203 each.) Starting with shows in August, tickets go up to $43 – $133 (with VIP tickets at $253.) VIP ticket holders get priority seating in the front few rows of the orchestra section, complimentary parking, a free beverage, and a souvenir program.

Iris will feature a cast of more than 72 performing artists from around the world and is estimated to have cost $100 million—$40 million to retrofit the theater and $60 million for the production itself. They expect to hold 368 performances annually and to be a major tourist attraction in Hollywood. And, in case you were wondering, The Kodak Theatre will continue to host the Academy Awards every January as well.


What: Cirque du Soleil’s newest production, Iris.

Where: The Kodak Theater, located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028. There is plenty of on-site parking, or there’s a Metro Red Line station conveniently located at the adjacent Hollywood & Highland Centre too.

When: The show premieres on July 22, 2011 and runs indefinitely. Tickets are on sale now.

For more info: Visit the the Cirque du Soleil website.

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