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Cirque du Soleil's 'Iris' to begin preview performances July 21 at Kodak Theatre

November 8, 2010 |  3:17 pm

Iris "Iris," the new Cirque du Soleil production that will set up shop at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, is scheduled to begin preview performances on July 21, organizers said on Monday.

Cirque's movie-themed stage production will be the main tenant of the Kodak, which has served as the home of the Academy Awards ceremony since 2002. The  official opening for "Iris: A Journey through the World of Cinema" is still expected for Sept. 25, a spokesman said on Monday.

Tickets for "Iris" will go on sale Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. via Cirque's website or (877) 943-IRIS. Prices for single tickets range from $43 to $253, the spokesman said.

French dancer and choreographer Philippe Decouflé will serve as writer-director for "Iris." The music will be written by Danny Elfman, the film composer who has worked frequently with Tim Burton and who wrote the theme to "The Simpsons."

"Iris" will explore the history of moviemaking from its silent origins to the present day. The production will feature a cast of 72 live performers as well as video projections and other visual effects.

Cirque also said that its new "Zarkana" production is scheduled to begin performances in June at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

-- David Ng

Top photo credit: Cirque du Soleil

Bottom photo: the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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