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Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Now playing at the Staples Center in Los Angles, from November 11 to 13, is TORUK – The First Flight.

The new Cirque du Soleil show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight will also be presented in Los Angeles at The Forum in Inglewood from January 12-15, 2017.  The show is presented by Visa Signature® in association with Korean Air SKYPASS Visa®.

Ticket prices range from $39—125.00 and are now on sale here.

The show

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 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.

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.

The app

In an effort to bring audience members involvement to a whole new level, Cirque du Soleil will be launching a first-of-its-kind app for TORUK – The First Flight.  Working with long-time technology partner SAP, the app will enhance the overall show experience and enable audience members to be a part of the action before, during and after the performance.

The app can be downloaded via this link.

 

Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

 

 

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 and Victor Pilon                 Show Writers and 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

 

Photo: Jesse Faatz Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Jesse Faatz Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Sponsors and partners

TORUK – The First Flight is presented by Visa Signature® in Ontario and by Visa Signature® in association with Korean Air SKYPASS Visa® in Los Angeles.  DHL is the official sponsor. The show is being created through a licensing arrangement with 20th Century Fox.

In an effort to bring audience members involvement to a whole new level, Cirque du Soleil will be launching a first-of-its-kind app for TORUK – The First Flight.  Working with long-time technology partner SAP, the app will enhance the overall show experience and enable audience members to be a part of the action before, during and after the performance. The app can be downloaded from here.

Follow them at www.facebook.com/torukthefirstflight, Twitter @cirque | Instagram @cirquedusoleil | Snapchat @CirqueSnap | #TORUK #Avatar #CirqueduSoleil

 

Cirque du Soleil

TORUK – The First Flight is Cirque du Soleil’s 37th production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

 

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com.

To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit https://www.onedrop.org.

 

Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

 

 

Pauline Adamek
Pauline Adamek
Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.

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