By Evy Baehr, associate editor of MOVIEGUIDE®
Cirque du Soleil presents IRIS in the Dolby Theater in the heart of Hollywood. With incredible talent, the performers fly through the air and try to create a story based on the history of film.
IRIS intertwines movie history and incredible acrobatics. As is Cirque du Soleil fashion, the show has increments of the circus, including the clowns, acrobats soaring through the air, contortionists, trapeze, and trampoline acts. These acts are done in a superb manner. Two twin acrobats fly through the air right above the head of the audiences. Contortionists literally contort their bodies in ways the audience would never have thought possible. These acts resemble the circus and chop up the overall plot line of film history.
Almost like a filmstrip itself, the performers move through hallways and doors to show movement in film. Bright colored men buzz about spinning each other on their feet, showing the invention of color. A Movie Set is clamoring with life as acrobats follow a choreographed dance showing the feel of movies in the 50s. Acrobats jump through a gangster New York set, flipping past each other in bounce. Women in crystal swirl through the air to show the invention of 3D.
Overall there is a great deal of talented acrobats in IRIS and the acts are done so well they give the “wow” effect. Creating a set that not only is in front of you but the acrobats literally fly above the audience’s head. Costumes are beautiful and exceptionally well done with creativity to add to the overall theme. Lighting creates an ambience as well. Surrounding the audience to give an immersive effect, the music is right on key and target with the acts.
Regrettably, the story of film history is a little weak, and the clowns add unnecessarily crude humor. IRIS is not a show for young children, one of the clowns turns from a man into a women. Some of the costumes are suggestive.
Movieguide advises caution.