Fresh off the heels of last week’s reveal of a touring exhibition based on James Cameron’s Avatar, Cirque du Soleil has announced their plans for an Avatar-inspired touring show titled TORUK – The First Flight. You can read more on the show and check out behind-the-scenes videos below.
TORUK – The First Flight envisions a world beyond imagination set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film. The word Toruk, in the Na’vi language, refers to the great leonopteryx, the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Central in Na’vi lore and culture, this fascinating creature is crucial to the Na’vi clans’ sense of destiny and interconnectedness – and is about to be ridden for the very first time by a Na’vi.
TORUK – The First Flight comprises 13 creators under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté (Guide) and Jean-François Bouchard (Creative Guide) for Cirque du Soleil, and James Cameron, Jon Landau, Kathy Franklin and Richie Baneham for Lightstorm Entertainment:
Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon – Show Writers and Directors, Multimedia Directors
Neilson Vignola – Director of Creation
Carl Fillion – Set and Props Designer
Kym Barrett – Costume and Makeup Designer
Tuan Le and Tan Loc – Choreographers
Bob & Bill – Composers and Musical Directors
Jacques Boucher – Sound Designer
Alain Lortie – Lighting Designer
Patrick Martel – Puppet Designer
Germain Guillemot – Acrobatic Performance Designer
Pierre Masse – Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer
TORUK – The First Flight will tour in arenas starting November 2015. Tickets for performances in cities listed below will be on exclusive pre-sale online for Cirque Club members as of April 30 at CirqueduSoleil.com/Toruk:
Auburn Hills, Michigan
North Little Rock, Arkansas
North Charleston, South Carolina
Kansas City, Missouri
Providence, Rhode Island
Raleigh, North Carolina
TORUK – The First Flight is Cirque du Soleil’s 37th production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.