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“TORUK – The First Flight” Announced as Name of Cirque du Soleil’s Avatar-inspired Show

Montreal, QC, Canada (April 27, 2015) /CNW/ — Cirque du Soleil is very happy to unveil the name of its next touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR : TORUK –  The First Flight. Presented by Visa Signature, this brand new creation will tour in arenas around the world starting November 2015. The show will premiere in Montreal on December 21.

The name

TORUK – The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, a live experience by Cirque du Soleil, envisions a world beyond imagination set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film. The word Toruk, in the Na’vi language, refers to the great leonopteryx, the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Central in Na’vi lore and culture, this fascinating creature is crucial to the Na’vi clans’ sense of destiny and interconnectedness – and is about to be ridden for the very first time by a Na’vi.

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     


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

Ticket information

TORUK – The First Flight will tour in arenas starting November 2015. Tickets for performances in cities listed below will be on exclusive pre-sale online for Cirque Club members as of April 30 at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk :

Lafayette, Louisiana
Montreal, Quebec
Auburn Hills, Michigan
North Little Rock, Arkansas
North Charleston, South Carolina
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Kansas City, Missouri
Louisville, Kentucky
Cincinnati, Ohio
Hamilton, Ontario
London, Ontario
Providence, Rhode Island
Raleigh, North Carolina

Sponsors and partners

TORUK – The First Flight is presented by Visa Signature, the sponsor of the 2015-2016 US tour of the show. Xerox and DHL are the official sponsors. The show is being created through a licensing arrangement with 20thCentury Fox.

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/torukthefirstflight.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleimanhttp://wwww.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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