Cirque du Soleil (IRIS)
By Irish Reviewers on September 01, 2012
Cirque du Soleil presents us with ‘Iris’ in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood until Late December of this year.
When someone says to you, hey I’m going to see Cirque du Soleil tonight – what does that mean if you’ve never seen it? To me it meant some kind of cool show that had a great reputation for wowing the crowds. So when Saturday night arrived I collected my tickets and hit the bar for a sauvignon blanc and an oversized chocolate strawberry as hottie and I strolled towards our seats.
It’s directed by Philippe Decouflé who is renowned for his creative dance shows and Olympic opening ceremonies so I was hopeful to be in for a triple treat.
From the moment I walked through the doors I could feel the environment bursting with creativity as I was entertained about the nearest exits and reminded to turn off my cell phone as I settled into my seat giggling.
As soon as the show started I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, listening to the soft enchanting music as I began to be captivated by what was appearing in front of me. It was at that moment that I realised we can all watch things on TV, go to the movies or read a thousand reviews about anything before we decide to invest our time but this kind of experience I was having was beyond investment, maybe even beyond time. The experience of being in a theatre where the Oscars are held, watching acrobats, artists, dancers and performers bring a story to life is a journey unto itself. Inviting you into a world of creativity while pushing boundaries, this show helps us explore what we can achieve and what we can become.
I was left mesmerised as the 72 performers, 200 costumes, 8,300 square feet of performance floor, 174 loudspeakers, 603 lighting features, 20 video projectors and 160,000 watts of sound was unveiled.
One of the most captivating experiences was watching two beautiful male acrobats perform together depicting such beauty of two men in unity together. “West Hollywood” hottie whispered as I giggled.
My absolute favourite part of the show was whenever the character ‘Violet’ played by the uniquely talented Katia Pirogovskaya was on stage. She is the iconic picture representing Cirque du Soleil wearing a praxiniscope skirt. When you are introduced to her in reality you can immediately see why she is so captivating. She portrays such art form, poise and character almost taking you to another dimension. You’d almost want to have your own personal Katia Pirogovskaya in your Castle in another life. She is the picture of dedication and art.
Throughout the show we are introduced to marvellous characters, hilarious banter and stupendous performances. The creators bring the audience into the imagery of “The making of” a movie showing its evolution in Hollywood as they swiftly engage you into the land of creativity.
When the two young heroes – Buster and Scarlett – find themselves plunged into the joyful chaos of a film set, their escapades transport the spectator into a kaleidoscope of movement, moods and images supported by an orchestral score.
IRIS conjures up a place between motion and picture, light and sound, which shifts constantly between reality and make-believe, to explore the limitless possibilities of cinema. By combining dance, acrobatics, live video, film footage and interactive projections, the show illustrates both the mechanics of cinema and its extraordinary power to deceive the eye.
Everything from the set design, costume, violinists and performances are nothing other than simply magical. It’s meant to be ironic no doubt that the chosen theme is about making a movie and the evolution of cinema in Hollywood while you are sitting in the heart of the place, where Oscars are awarded every year.
If you want to step out of the box, have new ideas or see something beyond time watch Cirque du Soleil, with a hottie, with anybody, eat a chocolate strawberry or don’t eat at all. Just experience my friends. Just experience!
Tickets range from $43 to $133 (VIP tickets are available at $253). Tickets can be purchased online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/IRIS
Not in Los Angeles? For a list of countries and cities where you can find your nearest Cirque du Soleil you can visit http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/welcome.aspx
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