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TORUK – The First Flight by Cirque du Soleil Will Be Presented at T-Mobile Arena January 18 - 22, 2017

The new touring show inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR

TORUK – The First Flight

written and directed by
Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon
Will be presented at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for one week only
January 18 – 22, 2017
Tickets on pre-sale to Cirque Club members beginning today!
Public on-sale starting October 28

Montreal (October 24, 2016) – The new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight, is coming to Las Vegas for a limited engagement. The show is presented at T-Mobile Arena for one week only, January 18 - 22 as part of a global tour in arenas around the world.
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.
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
Creators’ biographies and still images are available online in our pressroom:
Additional Photos: |2-min Promo Roll:
Ticket Information
TORUK – The First Flight will be presented at T-Mobile Arena for a limited engagement January 18 – 22, 2017. Tickets for those performances will be on pre-sale for Cirque Club members beginning today, Monday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. Public on-sale will start Friday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at 
Sponsors and Partners
The show is being created through a licensing arrangement with 20th Century .
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 here:
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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 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. In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has seven permanent resident shows: Mystère at Treasure Island, “O” at Bellagio Resort & Casino, Zumanity at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, KÀ at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Beatles™ LOVE™ at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Criss Angel’s MINDFREAK® LIVE! at Luxor Hotel & Casino and Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay.
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Kate Whiteley
Kirvin Doak Communications

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