Cirque du Soleil, Los Lobos to help kick off Los Angeles Arts Month
Organizers of Los Angeles Arts Month have announced that Cirque du Soleil will be giving a free public performance at the official opening of the annual festival, taking place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Music Center Plaza in downtown Los Angeles.
The Cirque performance is expected to be brief -- about five minutes -- and will feature a handstand contortionist from the touring show "Kooza," according to a spokeswoman. In addition, cast members from "Zumanity" will be present to greet the public, but they won't be performing.
The Jan. 5 event also will feature David Hidalgo and Louie Perez of Los Lobos, the L.A. Chicano rock band. They are expected to perform selections from "Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe," a multimedia theatrical collaboration with About Productions.
Los Angeles Arts Month, now in its third year, is a promotional effort by arts organizations around the county to encourage residents and visitors to attend local cultural venues and events. The Jan. 5 kickoff will feature information booths as well as a variety of food selections.
Cirque du Soleil will become a permanent member of the L.A. arts community when the Montreal-based company begins performances of "Iris" in 2011 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Preview performances of the Cirque show are slated to begin July 21 with an official opening set for Sept. 25. The cinema-themed stage show will be the resident production at the Kodak, which is also the home of the annual Academy Awards ceremony.
-- David Ng
Photo: a performer in Cirque du Soleil's "Kooza." Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times