Iris

Iris

by Cirque du Soleil
     
 

It's the iris of a camera that Cirque du Soleil has in mind in the title of a show staged at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles (where they hold the Academy Awards) and devoted to the movies. Appropriately, the organization has gone out and hired a prominent film composer to write the show's score, and it's hard to imagine a more complementary one than Danny Elfman, who… See more details below

Overview

It's the iris of a camera that Cirque du Soleil has in mind in the title of a show staged at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles (where they hold the Academy Awards) and devoted to the movies. Appropriately, the organization has gone out and hired a prominent film composer to write the show's score, and it's hard to imagine a more complementary one than Danny Elfman, who is known for his zany, manic work for the visually imaginative and somewhat arch director Tim Burton. Given the Hollywood theme, it's no surprise that this is one of the less exotic scores done for a Cirque presentation; Elfman does lean toward the exotic slightly on "Snake Women," in a nod to cinema's more adventurous aspects, but this is far from world music. The show has a "history of the movies" theme that allows the composer to provide his versions of the kind of Keystone Kops comedy of the early silents, notably in the fast-paced "Kinki Film" cue. Elfman also dips into the big-band swing style of braying horns and pounding percussion here and there, including in "Buster's Big Opening" and "Movie Studio." But both of those cues are extended suites that feature several different sections so that, just as in a film score, Elfman is accompanying quickly changing visual action. Late in the show, the story has moved on into the 1930s and '40s with "Film Noir/Pursuit," and the music has mysterious and late-night jazzy elements, followed by "Rooftops," which provides identifiable chase rhythms. This is thus an unusual score for Cirque as the organization continues to expand its horizons and partner with established artists, blending its identity and providing a new outlet for a composer who has made his mark in Hollywood and whose music listeners will recognize in this stage extravaganza.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2011
Label:
Cirque Du Soleil
UPC:
0843277039515
catalogNumber:
100422
Rank:
80625

Tracks

  1. Buster's Big Opening  -  Cirque du Soleil
  2. The Twins  -  Cirque du Soleil
  3. Kiriki Film  -  Cirque du Soleil
  4. Kiriki  -  Cirque du Soleil
  5. Silent Movie  -  Cirque du Soleil
  6. Patterns  -  Cirque du Soleil
  7. Clown Special Effects  -  Cirque du Soleil
  8. Pellicule, Pts. 1 & 2  -  Cirque du Soleil
  9. Snake Women  -  Cirque du Soleil
  10. Movie Studio  -  Cirque du Soleil
  11. The Broom  -  Cirque du Soleil
  12. Flying Scarlett  -  Cirque du Soleil
  13. Old Toys  -  Cirque du Soleil
  14. Film Noir/Persuit  -  Cirque du Soleil
  15. Rooftops  -  Cirque du Soleil
  16. Scarlett Balancing  -  Cirque du Soleil
  17. Iris Finale and Bows  -  Cirque du Soleil

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cirque du Soleil   Primary Artist
Steve Kujala   Flute
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Walt Harrah   Choir, Chorus
Richard Altenbach   Violin
Phil Ayling   Oboe
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Marissa Benedict   Trumpet
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Jodi Burnett   Cello
Amick Byram   Choir, Chorus
Randy Crenshaw   Choir, Chorus
Brian Dembow   Viola
Jeff Driskill   Saxophone
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Dan Fornero   Trumpet
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Karen Harper   Choir, Chorus
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Paula Hochhalter   Cello
Greg Huckins   Saxophone
Luana Jackman   Choir, Chorus
Clydene Jackson   Choir, Chorus
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Roland Kato   Viola
Katie Kirkpatrick   Harp
Warren Leuning   Trumpet
Bill Liston   Saxophone
Charles Loper   Trombone
Edward Meares   Bass
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Bobbi Page   Choir, Chorus
Barry Perkins   Trumpet
Carol Pool   Violin
Barbara Porter   Violin
Emil Radocchia   Percussion
Sally Stevens   Choir, Chorus
Doug Tornquist   Tuba
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
Ron Wagner   Percussion,Drums,Soloist
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Elin Carlson   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Soloist
Daniel Kelley   French Horn
Peter Limonick   Timpani
Susie Stevens Logan   Choir, Chorus
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Susan Ranney   Bass
Julie Rogers   Violin
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Bob Joyce   Choir, Chorus
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Gary Bovyer   Clarinet
Christian Kollgaard   Bass
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Pete Anthony   Conductor
Leslie Reed   Oboe
Chris Bleth   Saxophone
Darrin McCann   Viola
Antony Cooke   Cello
Amanda Zidow   Cello,Soloist
Keith Greene   Viola
Eve Butler   Violin
Nathan Campbell   French Horn
Rose Corrigan   Bassoon
Trevor Handy   Cello
Oscar Hidalgo   Bass
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Ralph Williams   Clarinet
Erika Duke   Cello
Carolyn Riley   Viola
Phillip Yao   French Horn
Dave Walther   Viola
Marina Manukian   Violin
Alyssa Park   Violin
Lorenz Gamma   Violin
Cindy Bourquin   Choir, Chorus
Jenny Kim   French Horn
Andrew Duckles   Viola
Becky Bunnell   Violin
Joanna Bushnell   Choir, Chorus
Debbie Hall Gleason   Choir, Chorus
Eduardo Meneses   Percussion,Soloist
Neel Hammond   Violin
Diane Freiman Reynolds   Choir, Chorus
Norman Large   Choir, Chorus
Judith Farmer   Bassoon
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Gerald White   Choir, Chorus
Grace Oh   Violin
Kathleen Sloan   Violin
Alma Fernandez   Viola
Robert Brophy   Viola
Justin Hageman   French Horn
Christine Guter   Choir, Chorus
Nina Evtuhov   Violin
Bob Zimmitti   Percussion
Armen Ksajikian   Cello
Dmitri Bovaird   Viola
Maia Jasper   Violin
Tiffany Yi Hu   Violin
Alex Iles   Trombone
Phillip Teele   Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Donna Medine   Choir, Chorus
Paul Cohen   Cello
Marc Sazer   Violin
Steven Becknell   French Horn
Luke Maurer   Viola
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Lily Ho Chen   Violin
Jon Lewis   Trumpet
Heather Clark   Flute
Karen Whipple Schnurr   Choir, Chorus
Deborah N. Hurwitz   Piano,Soloist
Kate Reid   Choir, Chorus
Baraka May Williams   Choir, Chorus
Seth Stachowski   Clarinet,Saxophone,Soloist
Sandy Cameron   Violin,Soloist
Michael Leiberman   Viola,Soloist
Micah Schub   Bass,Soloist
Jenny Levin   Violin
Giovanna Clayton   Cello

Technical Credits

Danny Elfman   Composer,Producer
Steve Bartek   Orchestration
Richard Kraft   Representation
Dennis Sands   Engineer
Laura Engel   Representation
David Slonaker   Arranger,Orchestration
Philippe Decoufle   Director,Writer
Patricia Sullivan Fourstar   Mastering
Edgardo Simone   Orchestration
Alain Vinet   Musical Director
Noah Snyder   Engineer
Pierre Desmarais   Art Direction
Chris P. Bacon   Arranger
Jacques Méthé   Executive Producer
Charles Joron   Executive Producer
Greg Maloney   Engineer
Stéphane Bergevin   Executive Producer
Melissa Karaban   Personal Assistant
Maria Masella   Graphic Design

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