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AIDS PROJECT LOS ANGELES TO OFFER EXCLUSIVE SNEAK PEEK OF CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S IRIS, VIP POST-SHOW PARTY TO BENEFIT HIV CARE, PREVENTION

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 15, 2011) -- On August 6, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) will offer its supporters a truly unique experience: They will transcend into the fantastical world of Cirque du Soleil's latest production, Iris, from the best seats in the house; mingle with Cirque performers during a backstage meet-and-greet; and appear at an exclusive, VIP post-show party at The Rolling Stone in Hollywood. Proceeds benefit APLA’s HIV care and prevention programs.

APLA supporters will be among the first to preview this spectacular Cirque production, over a month before the show opens to the public. Iris lures audiences into a magical voyage through the history of cinema and its genres. This Hollywood-exclusive production, filled with colorful music, dance, and acrobatics, begins its permanent, ten-year residency at The Kodak Theatre – home of the Academy Awards.

"We’re thrilled to offer our supporters such an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience," says APLA Executive Director Craig E. Thompson. "The production pays homage to an industry that has long-supported the fight against AIDS, and this will be a terrific benefit for APLA's critical HIV programs. It's sure to be a wonderful evening."

Gold Circle VIP tickets include preferred seating at the show, valet parking, and an exclusive meet-and-greet with Cirque performers backstage. Then, ticketholders will enjoy a VIP after-party, produced by APLA, at The Rolling Stone, one of Hollywood’s most popular lounge spaces. Tickets also include a hosted bar, food tastings, and dessert bar.

Silver Circle tickets include seating for the show, along with the VIP after-party.

Tickets and information are available now at apla.org/cirque.

ABOUT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL's IRIS
This new production from Cirque du Soleil is a lyrical, fanciful, kinetic foray into the seventh art. Bringing together dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation, the show takes spectators on a fantastic voyage through the history of cinema and its genres, taking them into the heart of the movie-making process. From illustration to animation, black and white to color, silent films to talkies, fixed shots to swooping camera movements, spectators witness the poetic construction/deconstruction of this art as an object and as a way of transcending reality. For more information visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/iris.

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AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct care and treatment services to over 7,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. In 2013, APLA marked its 30th year of operation, and we are a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach.

APLA Health & Wellness is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary medical care, oral healthcare, mental health services, HIV testing, STD screening/treatment and health education and HIV prevention services focusing on low income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals. APLA Health & Wellness serves over 6,000 individuals across Los Angeles County each year.

For more information, visit apla.org.

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