Iris is a phantasmagoric poem created for the Cirque du Soleil, a journey through the world and the history of cinema. And indeed, much has happened on the silver screen as it moved from Black & White to Color, from silent movies to talkies; this is what Iris is all about; this is what Iris depicts. We dive into the very roots of the genre, going back in time to the optical machines, to the first moving images. Cinema is still made with the stuff of dreams; this can be clearly seen from Iris. The performance recounts the fictional adventures with Buster and Scarlett, and even comes with a love story and moments of wonder. A veritable trompe l'oeil, in movement.
WRITER AND DIRECTOR
DIRECTOR OF CREATION
JEAN-FRANÇOIS BOUCHARD, PASCALE HENROT
ACROBATIC PERFORMANCE DESIGNERS
BORIS VERKHOVSKY, SHANA CARROLL
OLIVIER SIMOLA, CHRISTOPHE WAKSMANN
ACROBATIC RIGGING AND EQUIPMENT DESIGNER
Premiered in 2011 at the Kodak theater in Los Angeles, where the Academy Awards are held. Performed by Cirque du Soleil artists.
Production Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil's glitzy Iris celebrates the dreamscape of cinema. (...) In paying hommage to the fantasy of film, the show incarnates those same Stardust properties that make movies so everlastingly potent.
Los Angeles Times, september 2011