While die-hard fans wait for the sequel(s) to James Cameron’s 2009 film AVATAR, the magicians behind the Cirque du Soleil suite of shows have a taken inspiration from it for a new touring show named TORUK – THE FIRST FLIGHT.
Written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, the show transports the audience to the world of Pandora, where the $2.7 billion box-office champion took place.
Using cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.
“AVATAR is really meant to be a celebration of human motion and human emotion and Cirque is able to capture that absolutely perfectly, because it’s all about human performance and physicality. It makes you feel alive to watch these performers,” adds Cameron. You hear that? No dead people are allowed in the audience.
Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller,” TORUK 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.
TORUK will make its Australian debut at Brisbane’s Entertainment Centre in October before heading to Sydney (Qudos Bank Arena), Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena) and then Adelaide (Entertainment Centre).
Brisbane’s Entertainment Centre: 5th – 8th & 13th – 15th October
Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena: 19th – 22nd & 27th – 29th October
Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena: 2nd – 5th & 10th – 12th November
Adelaide’s Entertainment Centre: 16th – 19th November