Cirque du Soleil’s Iris opened this past weekend after what seemed like forever and, in keeping with their big circus show in the Kodak, they brought their high production to Hollywood Blvd for a few days. The show shut down between Orange and Highland on Hollywood from last Thursday evening to yesterday night. As if things weren’t hectic enough in that area, a mega French block party was added to the mix.
We took a stroll down the street this past Friday and over the weekend to capture the process as premieres on the street are usually half the scale of this show’s fanfare. Moreover, Cirque du Soleil in their nature are maximalists so, of course, their first California foray would have to be just as huge of a production as the show itself.
The show, which was in previews all summer and promoted for America on NBC, revolves around the history of cinema and the art of filmmaking wrapped in a stylized version of the 1920s. We noticed a few things on Hollywood that they were prepping that echoed the aesthetic: gigantic vintage set lighting lined the streets, two large tents were erected (one in which towered as tall as the Kodak itself), and large, faded black gears sat in the bed of a pickup truck ready to be used. Two large generators at both ends of the blockades along with circular islands we assume would be used for food and beverage service hinted at the caliber of show they were putting on in the street.
Above are the aforementioned gears, which created a film reel sitting on the red carpet. The red carpet crew for the show worked around the clock through Sunday morning, when the premiere was. We couldn’t find photos of anything else besides the red carpet to confirm our inklings that performers were hanging atop of the tent as people made their way to the Kodak; but, there were definitely characters from Iris skipping around the red carpet, yuking it up with celebrities.
Take a look at the photos of Patrick Dempsey and Anne Heche (Yes, she’s alive.) at the event, giving a glimpse at the expansive setup–mostly padded for paparazzi, which is not news at all. We are able to confirm by the photo of Dempsey that they were serving Hollywood and Vine’s Delphine for people to grab up before heading in.
The Iris‘ show-outside-of-the-show on Hollywood Blvd took Sunday evening into yesterday to collapse the large setup and, as with every Hollywood Blvd event, the street returned to its being hogged by slowed cars without any mark of it having been home to a theatre opening for a few days. Cirque du Soleil coming to town for the first time is a once in a lifetime event. Although we weren’t able to snag photos of the event itself, we can channel Anne Heche to envision how much fun the affair must have been.