On January 19th 2013 IRIS will bid farewell to Los Angeles and the Dolby Theater (previously known as the Kodak Theater) home on Hollywood Blvd since September 25th, 2011. This month IRIS celebrated its 500th show! Written and directed by French choreographer Philippe Decouflé with original music by film composer Danny Elfman, IRIS is a magical journey into the history of movies from the silent era to the present day with a cast of over 70 artists. $100 million went into production costs for this ambitious and extravaganza along with a $30 million loan from the city’s Community Development Department and of course the project backers had high expectations and hopes.
Le Cirque du Soleil has over 70 successful productions running around the world. What went wrong with IRIS? Location? One would assume that the glitzy and newly revamped Hollywood landmark location and home of IRIS was an asset with tourists flocking all year-long and locals venturing out there on the weekends as well. High ticket prices? A night out for an average family of 4 does cost a pretty penny with show tickets, parking & dinner. Publicity? Could IRIS have been saved with more mainstream marketing and publicity?
What are your thoughts? Have you seen the show? Would you see it again? if you haven’t seen it yet, you can now enjoy it with a 40% discount ticket price before waving Bye Bye and au revoir IRIS…!?
- Cirque du Soleil’s extravagant ‘Iris’ will close Jan. 19 (latimes.com)
- Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Iris’ show leaving Dolby Theatre (abclocal.go.com)
- Cirque’s ‘Iris’ Closing Early At Dolby Theatre (m.deadline.com)
- Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas with a French Twist in LA! (frenchalacarteblog.com)
- You: Why did ‘Iris’ fail? Cirque show didn’t catch on in Los Angeles (latimes.com)
- The French Surrender Again (newsfromme.com)
- LA Times Review (latimes.com)