Cirque 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 AVATAR, TORUK – 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 multimedia 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 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 – 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 :

Photos 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 of TORUK – 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.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit
To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit

National contact:
Laura Silverman
Cirque du Soleil

Local contact:
Cindy Creasy
Creasy Woolfolk Concepts
(804) 257-3096

TORUK – The First Flight plays Richmond Coliseum Friday, November 27 – Sunday November 29.