Inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie Avatar, Cirque du Soleil’s uniquely different touring show Toruk – The First Flight will make its UK debut at the Manchester Arena from 20-23 June 2019 and London’s O2 Arena from 26-30 June.
With creative input from James Cameron and experts from the movie’s production, Toruk – The First Flight is described as unlike any other Cirque du Soleil experience. With the Cirque du Soleil performers using their athleticism and acrobatics bring to life the Na’vi, the show is: “a visual effects spectacular where the world of Pandora is depicted through impressive multimedia projections, massive set-pieces and the largest collection of puppetry in Cirque du Soleil history creating a narrative-driven official prequel to Avatar.”
James Cameron said:
“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.”
This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon.
Through a 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. From the Floating Mountains and the Omatikaya Hometree, to the Anurai’s animal sanctuary and the lush jungles where the Tawkami live, video projections immerse the audience in the world of Pandora.
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.
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.
In the creative team are show writers and directors Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, director of creation Neilson Vignola, set and props designer Carl Fillion, costume and make-up designer Kym Barrett, choreographers Tuan Le and Tan Loc, composers and musical directors Bob & Bill, sound designer Jacques Boucher, lighting designer Alain Lortie, puppet designer Patrick Martel, acrobatic performance designer Germain Guillemot and rigging and acrobatic equipment designer Pierre Masse.