Most are familiar with Cirque du Soleil's incredibly popular, visually-stunning array of live shows around the world, but what exactly separates the newest installment, Iris, from the pack?
Both in substance and location, Iris honors the history of cinema in customary Cirque du Soleil fashion, smack dab in the heart of the movie business, Hollywood, California.
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Making itself at home at the iconic Kodak Theater for 11 months out of the year, (save for February's Academy Awards) the dazzling, movie-themed spectacle opened Sunday, attracting every spectrum of industry professionals like James Cameron, Neil Patrick Harris, Priscilla Presley and many more.
"You sit there with your mouth open," gushed James Cameron, mastermind of special effect tour-de-forces such as Titanic, The Terminator and Avatar. The Hollywood legend says he is a huge fan of the shows because they tap into his well-known soft spot for movie making with a "real" twist. "You can't believe it's happening in front of you and it's physically real. It feels like special effects but there are no special effects."
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The franchise also found itself a fan in actress Vanessa Hudgens, who arrived to the big event with look-a-like sister Stella. "I love Cirque so much," she grinned. "It just opens your mind up. You just feel so creative like you've been to another planet."
Iris is now playing at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles for 11 months out of the year. For Tickets visit Cirque du Soleil online at www.cirquedusoleil.com/IRIS or call 1-877-943-IRIS.