The new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR
TORUK – The First Flight
written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon
Will be presented at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville
August 24 – 28, 2016
Tickets on pre-sale to Cirque Club members beginning today!
Public on-sale starting April 15
Montreal, April 11, 2016 – The new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight, will be presented at Bridgestone Arena from August 24-28, as part of a global tour in arenas around the world. The show is presented by Visa Signature®.
Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery, and possibility.
Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.
This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.
Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.
When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.
Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon
Tuan Le and Tan Loc
Bob & Bill
Show Writers and Directors, Multimedia Directors|
Director of Creation
Set and Props Designer
Costume and Makeup Designer
Composers and Musical Directors
Acrobatic Performance Designer
Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer
CREATORS’ BIOS AND STILL IMAGES: Creators biographies and still images are available online in our pressroom : https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/press/kits/shows/toruk-the-first-flight/creators.aspx
TORUK – The First Flight will be presented at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, August 24-28, 2016. Tickets for those performances will be on pre-sale for Cirque Club members beginning today, April 11, at 10:00am. Public on-sale will start April 15 at 10:00am. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk.
Sponsors and partners
TORUK – The First Flight is presented by Visa Signature®. DHL and ACTIVEON Action Camera are the official sponsors. The show is being created through a licensing arrangement with 20th Century Fox.
In an effort to bring audience members involvement to a whole new level, Cirque du Soleil will be launching a first-of-its-kind app for TORUK – The First Flight. Working with long-time technology partner SAP, the app will enhance the overall show experience and enable audience members to be a part of the action before, during and after the performance! The app can be downloaded from here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toruk-the-first-flight/id1060239115?mt=8
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Cirque du Soleil 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.