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January 19, 2012
Dive into the Canadian circus and dance troupe Cirque du Soleil's latest fantastical world. "Ovo," meaning "egg" in Portuguese, presents a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a nonstop riot of energy and movement. Santa Monica Pier, 1550 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica. 8 p.m. Tue.-Thu.; 4 and 8 p.m. Fri., Sat.; 1 and 5 p.m. Sun. Through March 20. $45-$145. http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/ovo
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November 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Cirque du Soleil suffered another mishap in Las Vegas last week when a performer fell during a show, the company announced in a Facebook post. The accident Friday came just three days after regulators slapped Cirque with six citations alleging work-safety violations connected to the death of an aerialist during a performance of "Ka" at the MGM Grand in June. The latest incident happened during the 7 p.m. showing of "Zarkana" at the Aria casino-hotel, when a performer slipped off the so-called Wheel of Death.
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January 26, 2012
Cirque du Soleil's tribute to the king of pop, " Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," fuses visuals, dance and music to immerse audiences in the late pop star's creative inspirations. The show presents a fantasy-tinged take on the source of the performer's creativity as well as his love of music, dance, fairy tale and nature. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. $50-$175. staplescenter.com
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October 30, 2013 | By David Ng
Cirque du Soleil said it will appeal the six citations named by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the June death of an aerialist during a performance of  its "Ka" show in Las Vegas.  OSHA said Tuesday that it is proposing six citations against Cirque du Soleil, saying that the Montreal company didn't provide proper training for the performer and didn't properly assess the workplace for hazards.  Citations from the safety...
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January 20, 2013 | By David Ng
With a burst of shimmering confetti and streamers, Cirque du Soleil's "Iris" bade a festive "au revoir" to Los Angeles on Saturday at the Dolby Theatre. The show, which opened in 2011 and is believed to have cost close to $100 million to produce, was supposed to run for at least 10 years in Hollywood but closed much earlier than expected after it had failed to generate sufficient box-office interest. Saturday evening's final performance of "Iris" managed to achieve what the show struggled to do all along -- playing to a packed house.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2012
So how large an undertaking is it to move one Cirque du Soleil show out of a theater? It's massive — but manageable with the right equipment and crew. Take a look at what it took: 16: Number of 53-foot semi-trailers used to move the sets 8,000: Number of person-hours spent moving 8 tons: The heaviest piece — the track-and-trolley bridge that hangs over the stage 27 feet: The tallest piece — the Empire State Building flat 1 millimeter: The smallest piece — Swarovski crystals appliquéd to a false eyelash 45,000: Square footage of plastic stretch wrap used 30: Number of road cases used to pack costumes, along with 16 racks 10: Road cases for wigs and makeup 126: Number of panels that make up "Iris" show deck — the scenically painted removable platform that covers the existing Kodak stage 5 square feet: Size of each show deck panel 5: Number of semi-trailers used to move show deck — Glenn Whipp
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2012 | By David Ng
Has Cirque du Soleil flown a little too close to the sun? "Iris," the company's resident show at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, will close much earlier than expected in January due to poor ticket sales, the company said Friday. The movie-themed show is believed to have cost close to $100 million to produce and was one of the company's biggest financial and creative gambles with a plan to run for at least 10 years. "Iris" isn't the company's only high-profile bust. The show joins a list of flops that have tarnished the global Cirque brand in recent years.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2012 | By David Ng
Cirque du Soleil said it will close its production of "Iris" at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood in January, saying that demand for tickets has not met expectations. The production, which opened in September 2011, had an estimated cost of nearly $100 million and had been intended to be an open-ended run. "Iris" will have its final performance on Jan. 19. The production was one of the most ambitious in Cirque's history. The spectacle surveyed the history of movies from the silent era to the present day. GRAPHIC: Cirque du L.A.: 'Iris' at the Kodak Theatre The Montreal-based company spent about $40 million altering the Dolby Theatre, which was called the Kodak Theatre when the show opened, to meet the demands of the technically complex show.
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December 20, 2012 | By Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
For anyone who has avoided seeing a Cirque du Soleil show for fear that the world-music soundtrack, fantasy costumes and relentless gymnastic performances would lead to eye-gouging and running for the aisles, the new film "Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away" will likely confirm all those presuppositions. The movie has a vague storyline, as a young woman pursues a male circus performer and they both wind up in an alternate world, but it is mostly just a pretense to feature set-piece performances from seven separate Cirque shows.
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July 24, 2011 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Last week previews began at the Kodak Theatre for "Iris," the latest big-top extravaganza by Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil. The show, which its producers hope will run at the Hollywood & Highland complex for the next decade, is a valentine to the art of cinema that combines circus acts, avant-garde theatrics and a touch of Hollywood razzle-dazzle. The two top-billed members of its creative team are director Philippe Decouflé, a Paris-based director-choreographer, and composer Danny Elfman, former frontman for the progressive rock band Oingo Boingo and author of dozens of feature film scores, including Tim Burton's "Batman" and "Alice in Wonderland.
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October 29, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Cirque du Soleil and casino-hotel MGM Grand failed to protect the safety of performers and workers when an aerialist fell to her death during a Las Vegas show this year, Nevada safety officials said Thursday. The Cirque show “Ka” was nearing its finale June 29 when Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, a seven-year Cirque veteran known as Sassoon, plummeted  into a pit in front of a shocked audience . Killed by blunt-force trauma, she was pronounced dead at a hospital. Her death was thought to be the first during a performance in Cirque's 29-year history.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
How to enumerate the myriad wonders and delights of “Totem,” now taking its viewers on a dazzling trek from the primordial to the cosmic? For starters, there's Cirque du Soleil's signature yellow-and-blue Grand Chapiteau, rising from the Port of Los Angeles like a pasha's tent by Marc Chagall.   Inside, designer Carl Fillion's strategic, surprise-laden set sports a giant tortoise shell down center, putting our senses on immediate high alert. Composers-musical directors Bob & Bill concoct a burst of pan flute and traditional drums, delivered by the redoubtable musicians hidden behind the marsh reeds upstage.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama marks its 31st anniversary this year, returning to Los Angeles on Sept. 12 with a show featuring fashion, the Backstreet Boys and a troupe from Cirque du Soleil. Macy's puts on the Glamorama show annually in Minneapolis, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, with funds earmarked for local charities. In L.A. and San Francisco, the money has gone to support HIV/AIDS research and charities, to the tune of a combined $31 million. The late Elizabeth Taylor was founding chair of the event, helping to raise awareness along with money.
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July 15, 2013 | By David Ng
Performances of Cirque du Soleil's "Ka" will resume on Tuesday at the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas, 17 days after an aerialist fell to her death during a performance of the popular show. Cirque has scheduled one performance per day of "Ka" through Friday; starting July 23, "Ka" will resume its usual two-shows-per-day schedule, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, died after falling 90 feet during the final part of the performance. The Clark County coroner's office ruled that she died from multiple blunt-force trauma and that the death was accidental.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2013 | By David Ng
The death of a Cirque du Soleil acrobat following a fall during a performance of "Ka" on Saturday shocked audience members at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas. The Times reported that some in the audience saw Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, fall to her death near the end of the show after she apparently lost her balance or grip from her position dangling high above the stage.  Cirque founder Guy Laliberte said in a statement that he wishes "to extend my sincerest sympathies to the family.
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June 30, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, John Glionna and Rebecca Keegan
LAS VEGAS -- At first, Heather Bell thought the falling woman was part of the show, and she turned to her sister Madelyn and said, "Whoa. " On Saturday night inside the MGM Grand, Cirque du Soleil's 9:30 p.m. performance of "Ka" -- an elaborate acrobatic production featuring the company's trademark, daring aerial work -- had reached its climactic battle scene, and something had just gone very wrong. Sarah Guillot-Guyard, 31, a seven-year Cirque veteran known as "Sassoon," had been dangling near a catwalk hidden far over the stage when the Bell sisters saw her suddenly go into a free fall and tumble out of sight.
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February 19, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the two weeks it took Cirque du Soleil crew members to strike the sets, pack the costumes and remove every trace of evidence that the company and its resident show, "Iris," ever existed at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, the most pressing questions didn't concern logistics or disassembly. After all, the $100-million production had been conceived with the knowledge that come each February of its anticipated 10-year stay, the show would have to decamp to make room for the Oscars. "The plan has been in place for months," says "Iris" technical director Kevin Kiely, surveying the organized chaos taking place on the Kodak's stage early in the moving process.
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May 28, 2013 | By David Ng
The touring Cirque du Soleil show "Totem" will make a series of stops in Southern California starting in the fall that will include a three-week residency at the Santa Monica Pier. "Totem" is also scheduled to play at the Port of Los Angeles and the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. "Totem" is written and staged by Robert Lepage, the adventurous Canadian theater director who created the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Wagner's "Ring" cycle. The Cirque show debuted in 2010 and has already traveled to cities around the world, including a stop earlier this year in New York.
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