If you don’t already know, the world famous Cirque du Soleil has a brand new show, as well as a new home, right in our own backyard. The new show is called ‘IRIS’ and it is billed as a journey through the world of cinema. It’s home is at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and the music is composed by none other than Danny Elfman – the master of music for such films as Spider-Man 3, Corpse Bride, Terminator Salvation and The Wolfman, to name only a short few – in collaboration with Phillippe Decouflé who wrote and will direct the show. This is Decouflé’s directorial debut.
Much like a live concert meets live theatre, Cirque du Soleil’s performances are never short of complete amazement. Formed in 1984 as a group of 20 street performers, Cirque du Soleil how has 5,000 employees and has performed for over 100 million spectators in nearly 300 cities.
As reported by Devin Strecker, Communications Manager for HED, in the July 2011 issue of HEDline News, Decouflé describes ‘IRIS’ as a ‘poetic phantasmagoria’ inspired by the world of cinema, from the foundations of the art form to the bustle of the soundstage. Using a combination of dance, acrobatics, live video, film footage and interactive projections, IRIS is said to celebrate the history of cinema in a way only Cirque du Soleil can.
The Kodak Theatre
The Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland was built in 2001. In the beginning, it was home to ‘American Idol’ finales, but not long after, it became the first permanent home of the Academy Awards®.
The Kodak Theater welcomes its visitors with a five-story lobby, centered by a grand spiral staircase with cherrywood balustrades, topped by an oval, up lit silvery dome. The main auditorium is crowned by a silver-leaf ‘tiara’ and the main stage is one of the largest in the country, at 120 feet wide and 75 feet deep, according to the official web site.
The Kodak Theatre, as well as the new Cirque du Soleil installation of ‘IRIS,’ are both welcomed additions to our Hollywood neighborhood. If you are a local, you might remember what Hollywood Boulevard looked like just 20 years ago? There was no theatre, no Academy Awards® (for a long time) and no Cirque du Soleil. We are lucky to have such a beautiful theatre with a world-class show in our hood. Please support our local businesses – come out to Hollywood for dinner and a live show. You’ll be happy you did.
Tickets range from $43 to $133 and VIP tickets available for $253. For parties of 12 or more, group sales are available. Visit CirqueduSoleil.com/IRIS or call 1-877-943-IRIS to purchase tickets.