New Cirque du Soleil AVATAR-Inspired Touring Show Coming to Cincinnati in May 2016

The new Cirque du Soleil touring show
inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR

MISC_Toruk logoTORUK – The First Flight
written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon 

Will be presented at the U.S. Bank Arena
May 4 – 8, 2016

Tickets on pre-sale exclusively to Cirque Club members on April 30
Public on-sale for added dates starting Oct. 9, 2015

Montreal, April 29, 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 U.S. Bank Arena on May 6-8, 2016, as part of a global tour in arenas around the world starting November 2015. The show is presented by Visa Signature.

The name
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.

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

Ticket information
TORUK – The First Flight
will be presented at the U.S. Bank Arena on May 6-8, 2016. Tickets for those performances will be on pre-sale exclusively for Cirque Club members on April 30. Public on-sale will start May 8 at 10:00am. Tickets can be purchased at

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.

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