WATCH: Why We'll Miss Cirque du Soleil's 'Iris'
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
January 11 2013 12:59 PM ET
If you've ever seen a Cirque du Soleil show, you know they are hugely ambitious theater productions that combine fanciful, imaginary worlds with gravity-defying acrobatics and dancers, contortionists, muscle men (and women), often subversive homo (or lesbo) eroticism, and the otherwise gorgeously dexterous. Iris, which opened at Hollywood's Dolby Theater (yes, home of the Academy Awards) in September 2011, was — in true Tinseltown style — one of the most ambitious, with original music by the famed film and TV composer Danny Elfman. Written and directed by France's Philippe Decouflé, the show utilized 70 performers (several of whom are LGBT) to illustrate the history of movies from the silent era to today. Sadly, the show closed rather abruptly last Saturday, after what organizers called poor ticket sales, and Cirque hasn't announced whether or not it will revive the show in another city (the producers hope to keep on many of the performers and support staff in some capacity).
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