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The New Cirque Du Soleil Touring Show Inspired By James Cameron's AVATAR Comes To Legacy Arena This Summer

TORUK - The First Flight
written and directed by 
Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon 
Will be presented at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham August  19 - 21, 2016 
Tickets on pre-sale to Cirque Club members Today! Public on-sale starting May 20 
The new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight, will be presented at the Legacy Arena from August 19 -21, 2016, as part of a global tour in arenas around the world which started in November 2015. The show is presented by Visa Signature® . 
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 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 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 : 
TORUK – The First Flight will be presented at the Legacy Arena August 19 -21, 2016. Tickets for those performances are on pre-sale for Cirque Club members May 16, at 10:00 am. Public on-sale will start May 20 at 10:00am. Tickets can be purchased at 
TORUK – The First Flight is presented by Visa Signature®. 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! The app can be downloaded from 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.
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