Nov, 2012

Family Time At Cirque du Soleil's IRIS

My brother, and Aubrey’s uncle, Eric recently relocated to SoCal to help us out with child care and chihuahua wrangling and the other day I was telling him about Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS at the Hollywood & Highland complex. I saw it last fall with a friend and was absolutely blown away. It’s on the list of my top two favorite Cirque du Soleil shows (I’ve seen 5 of them so far).

Anyway, Eric told me he had never seen a Cirque show and had always wanted to and I felt Aubrey was finally old enough to check one out, so we set up some tickets and off we went to Hollywood!

After braving over an hour and a half in Barbara Streisand/Hollywood Bowl traffic (there went dinner plans), we made it and it was definitely worth the wait. Like anything by Cirque du Soleil, IRIS is a full feast of the senses and even though this was my second time seeing it, I saw 100s of new things I missed the first time. That’s just one of the things I love about their shows. The totally ripped guys in shirtless gladiator costumes would be one of the other things.

Aubrey, Eric and I backstage with a cast member after the show

I know a lot of people think Cirque shows are only for adults and teens, and while some of their shows are, IRIS is one that you can bring your family to. I probably wouldn’t suggest it for children under 5 because of the attention span required to sit quietly for the duration of a show, but I think most children would love it. Aubrey was awestruck throughout the entire show and on the way home told me she wanted to see it again “tomorrow night”! If a Cirque show looks like magic to most adults, imagine the wonder through the eyes of a child. I loved how she gripped my hand during some of the more daring acrobatic feats and how she would let out little gasps during the stunning visuals.

Aubrey strikes a Cirque pose!

The only down side is that now I have to listen to weeks of begging for “circus lessons” but I can think of worse things for a 5 yr old to beg for… like that “Pop The Pig” game or a baby brother.

It you’d like to take your family to check out IRIS here in Hollywood, visit their official website. The show is in residence at the Dolby Theater in the Hollywood & Highland complex and tell the gladiators, Amy & Aubrey sent ya.


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