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Cirque du Soleil’s touring show
inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR
TORUK – The First Flight
written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon
Makes its Debut in New Zealand!

Tickets on pre-sale to Cirque Club members now! Public on-sale starting 10am Monday May 15th.

Auckland, May 9th – Inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking film AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight by Cirque du Soleil will make its New Zealand debut at Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena from September 1st – 10th before moving to Auckland’s Spark Arena (formerly Vector Arena) from September 15th – 24th 2017.

‘’TORUK – The First Flight is an integration of humanity and technology, a colorful spectacle for the entire family. We are delighted to see this epic journey take flight in New Zealand, a country so rich in culture and scenery as can be found on Pandora’’ says director and writer Michel Lemieux.

Presented by TEG Live, tickets for TORUK – The First Flight are now on pre-sale to Cirque Club members HERE. ROVA app users will also have their chance to access exclusive pre-sale tickets and More FM subscribers from Wednesday 10th May at 9am. General public tickets will go on sale at 10am on Monday 15th May.

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.

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:
Show Writers and Directors, Multimedia Directors Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon
Director of Creation Neilson Vignola
Set and Props Designer Carl Fillion
Costume and Makeup Designer Kym Barrett
Choreographers Tuan Le and Tan Loc
Composers and Musical Directors Bob & Bill
Sound Designer Jacques Boucher
Lighting Designer Alain Lortie
Puppet Designer Patrick Martel
Acrobatic Performance Designer Germain Guillemot
Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer Pierre Masse
Creators’ biographies and still images are available HERE.
To download high res stills or video from the show please click HERE.      

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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.
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