Last night, as a perk of my MPI membership, Jeremy and I were able to attend the Hollywood based and cinema-themed Cirque du Soleil show, IRIS. You aren’t allowed to take photos during the show, and the images online don’t even some close to doing the show justice, so do yourself a favor and CLICK HERE to watch a full preview. This gives you a taste of the real live show experience which is fantastically enthralling.
We were in the fourth row which put us closer to the performers than I have ever been for any theatrical performance. The entire show makes an effort to include everyone throughout the theater (aerial acts help with that for the nosebleed seats) but we were close enough to get glitter and streamers all around us at the finale. These were the seats the important people at the Oscars sit in - in this same theater. This being our first-ever Cirque experience we may have been spoiled but if you’re doing to do something, do it the best you can. Right? So fourth row suited us very well.
I had two favorite parts. First, the aerial duo at the beginning of the show was fantastic. These two men, who are crazy strong and incredibly graceful, twirled through the air in the theater - launching off the stage and nearly reaching the walls and ceiling - dazzled me. Like a little kid, I kept looking over at Jeremy to see if he was an impressed and mesmerized as me. He was. Separate beings who seemed at times to be completely one, the pair put any Olympic gymnasts to shame with their precision, grace and skill.
Then, in the second act there was a big stage set up with trampolines which performers dressed in mobster costumes wore as they bounced around, faux fighting. Sitting so close to the stage I considered running up and bouncing around myself - these looked like trampolines with more give and greater launching ability than any I’ve ever seen. Again I found myself smiling ear-to-ear at the excitement and fun of the whole experience where one thing after another amazes you.
It is a dream of mine to see The Beatles LOVE Cirque show in Vegas. I’ve heard terrific things about it from friends who have been and have the soundtrack which is obviously brilliant. I must say that the music for IRIS, created by famed film composer Danny Elfman, was spooky-gorgeous and suited the show perfectly, tying into the cinematic theme (better than some of the vignettes did). Elfman’s music IS the sound of the movies to me and he brought that in spades to Cirque’s great benefit.