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IRIS by Cirque du Soleil
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Owner description: IRIS A Journey through the World of Cinema(™), the first permanent production from Cirque du Soleil® in Los Angeles and taking up residence exclusively at the world-renowned Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. IRIS is a lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray through the world of cinema bringing together dance, acrobatics, live video, and filmed sequences and takes spectators on a fantastic voyage through the history of cinema and its genres.Featuring 72 performers, 200 costumes, 8,300 square feet of floor surface, 174 loudspeakers, 603 lighting features, 20 video projectors, and 166,000 watts of sound, IRIS joins the other Cirque du Soleil resident productions in scale, scope and size. IRIS is written and directed by French director-choreographer Philippe Decoufle, whose credits include opening and closing ceremonies of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. IRIS features music by Grammy® and Emmy Award® winner and Academy Award® nominee Danny Elfman.
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Lots of actions that are well organized.
The stage is great.
However, I was looking for some more thrilling acts.

Thank TuanJun
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

This is the second time I have experienced a performance by Cirque du Soleil. I was blown away by IRIS. I felt like a little kid, so amazed and mesmerized by the performers. The show is stunning, the performers graceful, the theme so timely, so appropriate for the Hollywood area. The only drawbacks are the crowds in the surrounding streets and the overpriced food in the theater area. Also, parking is not easy and expensive. However, if you allow yourself ample time to get there you will be okay. I would not recommend going during the high peak of the tourist season. I did and was caught up in heavy traffic that became a standstill. Cirque du Soleil never forgets to deliver in all areas of production including music and costume. If you appreciate film history and think you would enjoy a unique, non-linear look at it then you will love IRIS.

1  Thank cloust
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

I have seen MANY Cirque Do Soleil shows and am a huge fan. Whether you have never seen one of their shows before or seen them all, this one blows them all out of the water. There are many of the same element: acrobats, contortionists, aerialists etc. but in addition there is the added element of video and projection that takes this show over the top. There are times where there must be 17 projections at the same time. Video projects on to the set itself. Rear screen images, silhouettes, thermal or some sort of video that captures the movements of the acts. The play on perspective is amazing. Fun costumes. The "clowns" or jokers are great. IRIS is the eye of the camera .... and the show is about .... HOLLYWOOD! Whether you are a local or on vacation do not miss this show. I have already been three times and each time I enjoy it more and see something I have missed. My personal recommendation - first balcony seats near the middle section are the best as you can see everything at the same time.

1  Thank KoziakProductions
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

The Dolby Theater is not huge and this adds to a sense of intimacy that blended well with this particular Hollywood-themed Cirque du Soleil show. The performances, as usual, were imaginative with great costuming and world-class acrobats, tumblers and contortionists.

The old Hollywood theme permeated the performance, but was a bit overplayed after a while by an annoying vamp with Betty Boop lips, a weird cigarette holder and constant mugging. The other part which was not particularly well done was the staccato attempt at comedy by a Frenchman during what was supposed to be an intermission: Cirque should stick to what it does best, i.e. the highly skilled action performers. This is the only reason I did not give 5 stars to the performance. The performance, sans official intermission (maybe this was a weeknight thing), lasted 1 hour, 35 minutes.

The overall show was stunning and I loved the intermingling of filmed projections into the actions on stage. The two blond guys who performed aerial sequences at the beginning were particularly spectacular (where do they get their strength?), and the Chinese contortionists were especially compelling. I loved the constant “action” on the stage, not knowing where to look next. The various sequences were wonderful, especially the “Film Noir” and “young lovers”. And we were delighted at the finale with streams of metallic confetti dropped on the audience, at least on those of us fortunate enough to be in the first few rows

Thank FrequentTraveller034
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

The show is housed in the Kodak Theater and is overpriced. Cirque du Soleil has better shows in Las Vegas for about the same price.

Thank SilverLake2TheWorld
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