TORUK – The First Flight
written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon
Will be presented at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond
November 27 – 29, 2015
Tickets on pre-sale exclusively to Cirque Club members on August 3
Public on-sale starting August 7
Richmond, August 3, 2015 – 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 Richmond Coliseum on November 27 – 29, 2015, as part of a global tour in arenas around the world starting November 2015. Presented by Visa Signature, the show will premiere in Montreal on December 21.
TORUK – The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, a live experience by Cirque du Soleil®, envisions a world beyond imagination set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film. The word Toruk, in the Na’vi language, refers to the great leonopteryx, the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Central in Na’vi lore and culture, this fascinating creature is crucial to the Na’vi clans’ sense of destiny and interconnectedness – and is about to be ridden for the very first time by a Na’vi.
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’ BIOS AND STILL IMAGES: Creators biographies and still images are available online in our pressroom: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/press/kits/shows/toruk-the-first-flight/creators.aspx|
TORUK – The First Flight will be presented at the Richmond Coliseum on November 27-29, 2015. Tickets for those performances will be on pre-sale exclusively for Cirque Club members on Monday, August 3. Public on-sale will start Friday, August 7 at 10:00am. Tickets range from $37 to $112 (plus additional fees) and can be purchased at the Richmond Coliseum box office, cirquedusoleil.com/toruk, RichmondColiseum.net, ticketmaster.com, and charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Discounted tickets are available for students, active military and seniors 65 and older. Students and military must have a valid ID card in their possession. Children ages 2 and older must have a ticket.
Sponsors and partners
TORUK – The First Flight is presented by Visa Signature, the sponsor of the 2015-2016 US tour of the show. Xerox and DHL are the official sponsors. The show is being created through a licensing arrangement with 20th Century Fox.
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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.
For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com.
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