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Toruk – The First Flight: Avatar Inspires Cirque du Soleil

Toruk – The First Flight: Avatar Inspires Cirque du Soleil
Our eclectic team of writers from around Australia – and a couple beyond – with decades of combined experience and interest in all fields.

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 co-existence 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 Omatikaya 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.

“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,” 'Avatar' Director James Cameron says.

“'Toruk – The First Flight' is an integration of humanity and technology, a colourful spectacle for the entire family. We are delighted to see this epic journey take flight in Australia, a country so rich in culture and scenery as can be found on Pandora,” Director and Writer Michel Lemieux says.

'Toruk – The First Flight' Dates

5-15 October – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
19-29 October – Qudos Bank Arena (Sydney)
2-12 November – Rod Laver Arena (Melbourne)
16-19 November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
24-30 November – Perth Arena

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