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Eye on L.A.: Cirque du Soleil's IRIS at Hollywood & Highland Center theater

March 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
This week, "Eye on L.A." takes you on an exclusive, behind-the-scenes adventure at Cirque Du Soleil's show IRIS at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Host Tina Malave got up close and personal with the amazing, gravity-defying contortionists, aerialists and gymnasts. She explored the quirky Cirque costumes and props, and even got a makeover of her own, Cirque-style.

IRIS is the first show produced by Cirque du Soleil to be located at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. The $120 million production, which is scheduled to run for 10 years at the Hollywood & Highland Center, takes a unique look at the history of cinema. IRIS combines Cirque du Soleil's traditional artistic works of dance, acrobatics, and modern circus traditions, with state of the art multimedia visuals, and a musical score by Oscar-nominated composer, Danny Elfman [Watch video].

It started as a group of 20 street performers in the 1980s, but Cirque du Soleil has become a major Qu?bec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,200 artists from close to 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million spectators in 300 cities on five continents [Watch video].

Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, the GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music -- the GRAMMY award. Through public and educational programs, exhibits and more, guests will experience an insider perspective of the world of music. Memorabilia from Cirque du Soleil's LOVE show, which pays tribute to the legacy of the Beatles, is scheduled to be on display at the GRAMMY Museum through February 2012 [Watch video].

Eye on L.A.'s Albert Lawrence caught up with singer songwriter Colbie Caillat [Watch video].

Ever since 2007, Caillat has been making major hits starting with "Bubbly" and even won a Grammy Award along the way. These days, she's got her plate full on tour, but she took some time to stop by the Veggie Grill at the Farmers Market in Los Angeles to fuel up.

Caillat, a vegetarian, said she enjoys the Veggie Grill because it dishes up tasty faux-meat plates. The singer is a pescetarian - meaning she eats fish. She said she eats a lot of sushi, tuna sandwiches and vegetables soups while on tour.

"I feel lighter. I feel like I can go on stage better. I can fit into clothes better," she said.

Believe it or not, the earthy songstress said she has stage freight. But she said going on stage became easier - thanks to her adoring fans.

See IRIS at the Hollywood & Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
877-943-IRIS (4747) toll free
For schedule and ticket information go to www.cirquedusoleil.com/iris; tickets start at $33.

Visit The GRAMMY Museum
800 West Olympic Blvd. # 245
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1366
(213) 765-6800
www.grammymuseum.org

Discover more about Colbie Caillat's music and current tour at http://colbiecaillat.com.

[Original air date: August 20, 2011]


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