NEWS: Cirque du Soleil Announces Avatar Inspired Show to Make UK Debut

Cirque du Soleil will bring ‘Toruk’ to the Manchester Arena and London’s The O2 in 2019. 

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Inspired by James Cameron’s film Avator, Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk will make its UK debut next June at the Manchester Arena from the 20th-23rd and The O2 from the 26th to the 30th.

Written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, Toruk – The First Flight will feature creative input from James Cameron and experts from the movie’s production.

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.

Featuring the talented  Cirque du Soleil performers whose athleticism and acrobatics bring to life the Na’vi, the show is filled with visual effects  where the world of Pandora is depicted through multimedia projections, massive set-pieces and the largest collection of puppetry in Cirque du Soleil history creating a narrative driven official prequel to Avatar.

As well as being written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, the creative team for the production is set to include set and props by Carl Fillion, costume and make up by Kym Barrett, choreography by Tuan Le and Tan Loc, sound by Jacques Boucher, lighting by Alain Lortie and puppet design by Patrick Martel.

Toruk – the First Flight will be performed at the Manchester Arena from the 20th-23rd June and London’s The O2 from the 26th to the 30th June. 

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