The media got its first glimpse this morning of Iris, the new permanent Cirque du Soleil show set for previews at the Kodak Theatre in July and an official opening September 25th. The Quebec gang presented two show-stopping numbers, the first involving a pair of airborne male acrobats and the second showcasing what can best be described as the Cirque’s rooftop version of a James Cagney gangster movie climax (“Top of the world, maman!”).

FishbowlLA has seen a few Cirque shows, and we can honestly say that there’s something extra special going on here, thanks to the subject matter of cinema, the heart-of-Hollywood show location, and the fact that the music is provided by none other than Tim Burton right-hand band Danny Elfman. The composer’s sensibilities are as perfect a match for a Cirque moviola as they are for the filmmaker’s phantasmagorical canvases.

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