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Hand Balancing




A journey through the world of cinema...

IRIS, a name taken directly from a camera diaphragm as well as the colored iris of the human eye, presents an imaginary journey through the evolution of cinema - from the foundations of the art form to the bustle of the soundstage. When the two young heroes – Buster and Scarlett – find themselves plunged into the joyful chaos of a film set, their escapades transport the spectator into a kaleidoscope of movement, moods and images supported by an orchestral score. Buster is a melancholy composer in search of true love. Somewhere between reality and make-believe, he spots the girl of his dreams: Scarlett, a naïve actress who longs to become a movie star. But will Buster and Scarlett find each other in the real world? In a brilliant tribute to cinema, IRIS is the result of a visual exploration of a broad range of themes connected with the invention of cinema: the taking of pictures and the recording and transmitting of sound and light.

IRIS conjurers up a place between motion and picture, between light and sound, that shifts constantly between reality and make-believe, presenting an imaginary journey through the evolution of cinema – through optical effects and film genres, transposing into a language of dance and acrobatics all of cinema’s splendor, inventiveness and, above all, its sense of wonder. IRIS draws much of its inspiration from the golden age of Hollywood, sparked by Cirque’s performance at the 74th Academy Awards, held at the Kodak Theater on March 24, 2002 – more than a decade ago. That night, for five minutes, Cirque du Soleil was the focus of the awards ceremony. It took the company four months to create the special show seen that night, which featured eleven acts from some of their most popular productions at the time (Dralion, La Nouba, Quidam, Mystère, "O" and Alegría), all set to the electro-urban sound of the La Nouba soundtrack. It was so well received that it set Cirque’s creative wheels in motion. Thus by combining dance, acrobatics, live video, film footage and interactive projections, the show illustrates both the mechanics of cinema and its extraordinary power to deceive the eye. The result: a poetic phantasmagoria inspired by the world of cinema.

Premiere: July 21, 2011 (Previews)
September 25, 2011 (Gala)
Type: Resident / Venue
Location: Dolby Theater, Hollywood
Finale: January 19, 2013

Creative Team

Guy Laliberté
Gilles Ste-Croix
Philippe Decouflé
Director of Creation
Jean-François Bouchard
Danny Elfman
Associate Director
Pascale Henrot
Set Designer
Jean Rabasse
Costume Designer
Philippe Guillotel
Daphné Mauger
  Lighting Designer
Patrice Besombes
Props Designer
Anne-Séguin Poirier
Projection Designer
Olivier Simola
Projection Designer
Christophe Waksmann
Sound Designer
François Bergeron
Acro Performance
Boris Verkhovsky
Acro Performance
Shana Carroll
Pierre Masse
Makeup Designer
Nathalie Gagné


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