Cirque du Soleil(R) Presents Exclusive One-Time-Only Performan…

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ —

– Hollywood Gives Standing Ovation to the Troupe’s Movie Tribute

Cirque du Soleil [ ] presented a wholly unique
and exclusive performance for the 84th Academy Awards on Oscar Sunday, February
26. The one-time-only event featured the largest Cirque cast ever assembled for
a single act.

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More than 50 international artists from Cirque du Soleil productions around
the world converged in Los Angeles to bring the dynamic showcase to life. The
act featured aerialists, Icarian acrobats, hand balancers, dancers and
characters from IRIS, A Journey through the World of Cinema(TM) along with the
15-member Banquine team from Viva ELVIS(TM) in Las Vegas and a hand balancer
from Zarkana(TM), direct from Moscow’s Kremlin State Palace Theatre. The act
was accompanied by music from Academy Award(R)-nominated composer Danny Elfman,
who scored the music for Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS, A Journey through the World
of Cinema.

Cirque du Soleil presented the performance as a tribute to the movie
theatre experience incorporating signature Cirque acrobatic elements and
imagery along with classic film clips.

The act marked the second time Cirque du Soleil performed during an Academy
Awards telecast. The troupe’s first appearance, at the 74th Academy Awards,
sparked discussions about creating a permanent show at the theatre at Hollywood
& Highland Center and resulted in the creation of IRIS.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 were presented on
Sunday, February 26, at the theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and
televised live by the ABC Television Network as well as being televised live in
more than 225 countries worldwide.

ABOUT Cirque du Soleil
Since 1984, the company has brought wonder and delight to more than 100 million
spectators in over 40 countries in more than 300 cities on six continents.
Cirque du Soleil has 5,000 employees, including more than 1,300 performing
artists from close to 50 different countries.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent
movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most
accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy
Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the
Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and
events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related
organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of
motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and
Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to
movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities
the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people
everywhere who love movies.

SOURCE: Cirque du Soleil

CONTACT: Leticia Buckley for Cirque du Soleil, +1-323-337-6162