Photo: Mark Dulong © 2011 Cirque du Soleil Costumes: Philippe Guillotel
By Alyssa Penman
High Desert Daily
(Victor Valley) — One of the many benefits of living in the Victor Valley is the proximity to Los Angeles and its long film history. Starting September 25, 2011, Cirque du Soleil is bringing its unique style of fantastical drama to the Kodak Theatre, home of the Academy Awards, in their resident production, IRIS.
The show will give viewers “the real true story of cinema” through the tale of two young lovers finding their way in early film. Combining live film projections, Cirque’s signature movement, and live music composed by Danny Elfman, “IRIS transposes into a language of dance and acrobatics all of cinema’s splendor, inventiveness and, above all, its sense of wonder.”
IRIS will include larger-than-life dance scenes where acrobats use cleverly disguised trampolines to fly and fight their way through the set of a 1930’s-era gangster film. Aerial acrobats fly over the audience in a beautiful yet perilous duet. And as with all of Cirque du Soleil’s fantasies, everyday objects become quirky and heartwarming characters, including film reels, gramaphones and more. With so much action happening, younger viewers will find lots to look at and adults will appreciate the glamour of Old Hollywood.
Cirque du Soleil’s CEO Daniel Lamarre shared his enthusiasm with press at a recent preview. “This production has been three years in the making,” he explained. In it, they want to display passion, emotion and to push the boundaries of creativity. He also explained that behind the dozens of talented performers on stage, there are thousands of staff, including crew, office support, marketing and more. He also indicated that the Kodak Theatre had received $40 million in equipment upgrades to bring the necessary technology to life on the stage.
Musical composer Danny Elfman was clearly thrilled to be working with such a creative team. “The performers are a constant joy,” he said. “This takes four times the energy and work as on a film and it is still a work in progress.” The music, which will be performed live during the show, will be ready along with the stage performance by July 25, 2011, when previews begin.
IRIS promises to be a special treat for High Desert families, as well as a must-see stop for visiting guests from out of town. The Kodak Theatre is located in the Hollywood * Highland Center and is the permanent home of the Academy Awards. (IRIS will break for the eight weeks surrounding the Oscars.) Just steps outside, visitors will enjoy seeing the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the El Capitan Theatre and Madame Toussaud’s Hollywood. Plan to make a day trip of it with friends and family.
IRIS debuts to the public September 25, 2011. Tickets range from $43 to $133 and can be purchased online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/IRIS
or by calling 1-877-943-IRIS. For parties of 12 or more, contact Cirque du Soleil group sales at 1-877-504-7164.
About Cirque du Soleil
From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,500 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in nearly 300 cities on six continents.