Post-Oscar, Kodak Theatre readies for Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Iris’

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Now that the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony is a thing of the past, the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood is getting ready for its next big production -- the new Cirque du Soleil production, ‘Iris.’ Organizers said that ‘Iris’ will take occupancy of the Kodak beginning Monday, in preparation for the start of preview performances on July 21.

Cirque said that a ‘contingent’ of production and operations personnel will arrive Monday to ‘prepare for the full load-in of the show.’ In April, the entire physical production of ‘Iris’ will begin arriving from Montreal, where the show has been rehearsing. In early May, the cast of 72 performers will begin rehearsals at the Kodak.

The multimillion-dollar ‘Iris’ is scheduled to officially open on Sept. 25. The world premiere production will be the resident company at the Kodak with about 368 shows annually, though the Oscar ceremony will continue to take place at the venue. The company said that ‘Iris’ is inspired by the history of cinema, and will include acrobatics and dance, as well as animation and filmed sequences.

The show is written and directed by French choreographer Philippe Decouflé and features new music by Danny Elfman.


The Kodak can accommodate approximately 3,400 people, but Cirque has stated that it will reconfigure part of the seating area because it doesn’t expect to fill the venue for every show. The company has stated that it expects to spend about $40 million to renovate the Kodak for the purposes of ‘Iris,’ and then another $60 million on top of that on the production itself.


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-- David Ng

Photo (top): the Kodak Theatre, during Sunday’s Oscar ceremony. Credit: Darren Decker / EPA

Photo (bottom): the exterior of the Kodak Theatre. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times