Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight

Willie Grace | 10/29/2015, 2:11 p.m.
TORUK – The First Flight written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR. A ...
Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight

Bossier City, October 28, 2015 – Cirque du Soleil unveiled today in Bossier City its new touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight. The show will be presented in arenas around the world starting in Bossier City as of November 12, 2015. Presented by Visa Signature, the show will premiere in Montreal on December 21.

Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight

Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight

The show

TORUK – The First Flight is a live immersive multimedia spectacle that brings to the stage the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s AVATAR like you have never seen it before.

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.

Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight

Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight

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.

Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight

Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight

Creative team

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: Show Writer and Director, Multimedia Director

Victor Pilon : Show Writer and Director, Multimedia Director

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

Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight

Cirque du Soleil: TORUK – The First Flight

Ticket information

TORUK – The First Flight will have a soft opening on November 12 in Bossier City, Louisiana. The world premiere will be held on December 21 in Montreal, Canada. For the full list of cities and to purchase tickets visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk.

Sponsors and partners

TORUK – The First Flight is presented by Visa Signature®. Xerox, DHL, and ACTIVEON Action Camera are the official sponsors. The show is being created through a licensing arrangement with 20th Century Fox.