Cirque du Soleil unveils AVATAR inspired show, TORUK – The First Flight

Posted October 29, 2015 by in

This morning, Cirque du Soleil released the following:

TorukCirque du Soleil unveils

TORUK – The First Flight

written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon

inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR

A new touring show to tour in arenas around the world.  Preview performances start November 12


Bossier City, October 28, 2015 – Cirque du Soleil unveiled today in Bossier City its new touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATARTORUK –  The First Flight. The show will be presented in arenas around the world starting in Bossier City as of November 12, 2015. Presented by Visa Signature, the show will premiere in Montreal on December 21.

The show

TORUK – The First Flight is a live immersive IMG_7407multimedia spectacle that brings to the stage the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s AVATAR like you have never seen it before.

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 filmAVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

TorukWhen 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.

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                                       Show Writer and Director, Multimedia Director

Victor Pilon                                                Show Writer and Director, Multimedia Director

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

 Creators biographies and still images are available online in our pressroom : and video images of October 28 press conference available at: 


Ticket information

TORUK – The First Flight will have a soft opening on November 12 in Bossier City, Louisiana.  The world premiere will be held on December 21 in Montreal, Canada. For the full list of cities and to purchase tickets visit


Sponsors and partners

TORUK – The First Flight is presented by Visa Signature®. Xerox, DHL, and ACTIVEON Action Camera are the official sponsors. 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!

James Cameron has partnered with celebrity charity-fundraising digital platform to raise awareness and funds for One Drop. Those who contribute will be entered to win the ultimate Avatar fan experience: a VIP trip to the World Premiere ofTORUK – The First Flight and lunch with the Academy Award-winning director.  Fans can participate by visiting


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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 160 million spectators in more than 400 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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Daniel Hodgson

Daniel has a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin, and writes about himself in the third-person, because that's the fashion.


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