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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 (APLA) was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States. APLA provides bilingual support to more than 6,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Additionally, APLA conducts behavioral research designed to inform the development of evidenced-based interventions and assists health departments in evaluating their HIV/AIDS services to ensure the delivery of effective and quality programs. APLA also provides administrative and fiscal support to the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSMGF), which promotes and advocated for the health and human rights of MSM internationally. APLA is proud to be a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national, and global reach. For more information, please visit apla.org.

APLA Health & Wellness (APLAHW) provides primary medical and oral health care, behavioral health services, HIV testing, PrEP counseling and management of eligible clients, STD screening/treatment, and health education and HIV-prevention services, with a specific focus on low-income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals living in Los Angeles County. APLAHW is a federally qualified health center that includes: the Gleicher / Chen Health Center in South Los Angeles; the Wilshire Dental Clinic downtown; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; as well as a mobile dental facility. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles is also part of APLAHW. APLAHW serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.

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