Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cirque du Soleil's AVATAR TORUK - The First Flight, Coming in November

AVATAR, TORUK - The First Flight, the new Cirque du Soleil touring production inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar is coming to Southern California for a few short days in November. Written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, it will play the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, November 2-6, and at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, November 11-13.

The show transports the audience to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning storytelling odyssey. 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 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.

All photos by Errisson Lawrence ©2015 Cirque du Soleil. Costume credit: Kym Barrett

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.

The creative team includes 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 and Victor Pilon, Show writers & Directors/ Multimedia Directors; 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.

Avatar, Toruk – The First Flight is part of a global tour which started in November 2015. The show in Ontario is presented by Visa Signature® and the show in Los Angeles is presented by Visa Signature® in association with Korean Air SKYPASS Visa®.

For tickets and more information go to www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk.

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