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Cirque du Soleil Is Back on Ice

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Experience live music, extraordinary skating and stunning visuals in
Cirque du Soleil AXEL
 

Cirque du Soleil AXEL opens in Cincinnati from January 23-26, 2020 at U.S. Bank Arena 

Cincinnati, September 5, 2019 – It is with great excitement that Cirque du Soleil announces its new on-ice spectacle that will spin you into the vibrant world of AXEL. This new production features spectacular skating, breathtaking acrobatics on ice, astonishing visual effects, and live music that seamlessly integrates popular songs with new original scores. AXEL will be gliding into the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati for 6 performances only from January 23-26, 2020. Tickets are available online at cirquedusoleil.com/axel.

Show Schedule

  • Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, January 24 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, January 25 at 3:30 and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, January 26 at 1:00 and 5:00 pm

An inspirational and musical storyline
Axel, a young graphic artist and musician, dives into his hand-drawn universe as he falls in love with the captivating Lei. Together they jet off on a fast-moving quest to retrieve the stolen light from the supervillain Vï.  In this epic fantasy, graphic art and music intertwine to create the super-charged world of AXEL. Spectacular ice skating, breath-taking acrobatics, pop-rock music and vibrant visuals create an energetic and immersive experience for the whole family.

In Cirque du Soleil AXEL, the music serves a narrative thread guiding our characters and our audiences as they journey with Axel and Lei to discover that true love shines even brighter than the most radiant star.

This newest Cirque du Soleil creation brings a new look to the world of ice skating by introducing us to the discipline of freestyle skating. This fresh take on skating combined with the skill and power of traditional pairs, solo, and adagio work allows Cirque du Soleil to set the stage for high-caliber ice skating of all kinds.

Photos, video and music excerpts are accessible here. 

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About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group
Cirque du Soleil AXEL is the 48th original production of Cirque du Soleil, part of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, and its second on-ice experience.

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is a world leader in live entertainment. On top of producing world-renowned circus arts shows, the Canadian organization brings its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. It currently has 4,500 employees from nearly 70 countries. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please visit CDSentertainmentgroup.com.

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A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS | Tue., Nov. 19 | Aronoff Center – Procter & Gamble Hall

CAA_A Magical Cirque Christmas logoCAST OF PERFORMERS AND ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR
A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS

FOLLOWING ITS INAUGURAL HIT TOUR IN 2018, THE
MUST-SEE HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR FOR ALL AGES FEATURING
THE GREATEST ENTERTAINERS 
FROM AROUND THE WORLD

NOVEMBER 19, 2019
ARONOFF CENTER – PROCTER & GAMBLE HALL
 

A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS DAZZLES WITH MUSIC, ILLUSIONS, ACROBATICS.”
-Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

“THE MAGIC OF CIRCUS AND CHRISTMAS ROLLED INTO ONE JAW-DROPPING ORNAMENT AFTER ANOTHER.”
-The Cedar Rapids Gazette

A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS MELDS ARTISTRY, ILLUSIONS, AND MUSIC.”
-Daily Southtown

“MAGIC IS IN THE AIR.”
-The Spokesman-Review

CINCINNATI, OH – Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, and MagicSpace Entertainment, the producers of Broadway’s smash hit The Illusionists, are once again bringing together the world’s greatest entertainers for a spellbinding and incredible holiday production – A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS.  This thrilling, festive, fun-for-the-whole-family world premiere event will play the Aronoff Center’s Procter & Gamble Hall on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets are on sale now at www.CincinnatiArts.org, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. A limited number of on-stage seats are available at $150 each.

“We are thrilled to be bringing A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS back to audiences around the country,” said producer Lee Marshall, MagicSpace Entertainment.  “Our amazingly talented cast has been assembled from all over the world and is looking forward to delighting audiences and spreading holiday magic. The reception for the inaugural tour was fantastic and we hope this show becomes a special holiday tradition that families look forward to experiencing for many years to come.”

In A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS, experience the magic of Christmas with dazzling performers and breathtaking cirque artists from all corners of the world, accompanied by your favorite holiday music, all sung brilliantly by Therese Curatolo, whose angelic voice will surely get you into the holiday spirit.  Be captivated by the balance and precision of Oleksiy “Alex” Mruz as he bends beyond the nature of human potential while balancing on an always-moving surface; the fast, furious, and precise skill of world-champion diabolo juggler Yusaku-Mochizuki, as seen on this season’s “America’s Got Talent;”  the graceful, elegant and hypnotic acrobatic skill of Cyr wheel dancer Rachel Salzman; the gravity-defying performance of all-female duo trapeze team Virginie Gerbeau and Zoé Sanscartier; and much more! [See below for performer bios.]

A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS will be hosted by magician John Archer, who will leave audiences in hysterics while introducing each act with mesmerizing, magical flair as he weaves and guides them through the unimaginable to the unbelievable.

As one of the UK’s top comedy magicians, John Archer has spent the last seventeen years entertaining audiences all over the world.  Most recently, he reached the semi-final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent” and won the “Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year.”  In 1998, John was awarded the Ken Dodd Presidents Trophy for “Best New Magical Comedy Entertainer;” in February 2000, he took part in The British Magical Championships and was awarded “British Magical Champion of Comedy;” in November 2002 at The Magic Circle Awards Banquet, John was promoted to “Member of the Inner Magic Circle – with Gold Star” and was awarded “The Carlton Comedy Award” for outstanding use of Comedy and Magic; and in 2003, he was awarded the “Senator Crandall Award for Comedy” at Abbot’s convention in the USA.

A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson, and MagicSpace Entertainment.  Painter and Lawson have created Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of CircusLe Grand Cirque, Le Noir, Cirque Adrenaline, and The Illusionists in over 250 cities from London to Sydney to Broadway, as well as presenting A Chorus Line, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Fiddler on the Roof through Australia.  MagicSpace Entertainment is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, and Steve Boulay, and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts, and museum exhibits worldwide for over 35 years. www.magicspace.net.

Get into the spirit of the season on November 19 at the Aronoff Center with this merry treat that’s perfect for the entire family.

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CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION SPONSORS 

SEASON SPONSORS:  AMERITAS (Founding Season Sponsor), FIFTH THIRD BANK (Lifetime Endowment Partner), CINCINNATI-NORTHERN KENTUCKY HONDA DEALERSFURNITURE FAIRLOCAL12 WKRC-TV, The P&G FUND of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn-Rookwood, Graphic Village, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Cincinnati Downtown, Millennium Cincinnati, Pepsi, Skyline Chili,
TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle

A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS Presenting Partners:  TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle

A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS Media Partner:  WARM 98.5-FM

PERFORMER BIOGRAPHIES 

John Archer (Host Magician)
John reached the semi-finals of “Britain’s Got Talent” on ITV in 2019 and has spent the last seventeen years astounding audiences all over the world with regular tours to entertain British troops serving overseas.  John won the “Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year” in 2008, and he is thought by many to be the best Comedy Magician in the UK today.

In 1998, John was awarded the Ken Dodd Presidents Trophy for “Best New Magical Comedy Entertainer.” In February 2000, John took part in The British Magical Championships and was awarded “British Magical Champion of Comedy.” In November 2002 at The Magic Circle Awards Banquet, John was promoted to “Member of the Inner Magic Circle – with Gold Star” and was awarded “The Carlton Comedy Award” for outstanding use of Comedy and Magic. In 2003, John was awarded the “Senator Crandall Award for Comedy” at Abbot’s convention in the USA.

John Recently appeared on the TV show “Penn and Teller – Fool Us,” hosted by Jonathon Ross on ITV1, where he successfully fooled magical greats Penn & Teller and won an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas to perform with them at the Rio Hotel.  John can be seen as one of the regular magicians on the hit CBBC show “Help My Supply Teacher is Magic.”

What does the Host Magician Do?
John Archer will leave you in hysterics as he weaves and guides you through the unimaginable to the unbelievable. While introducing each act with spellbinding, magical flair, our host and comic serves as the “voice” of A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS, and ultimate master of ceremonies.

Therese Curatolo (Singer)
Reigning from The Biggest Little City in the World, Therese Curatolo has made her way from the operatic stage to radio stations nationwide.

Singing alongside soul legends Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves, Therese’s versatile vocal power has taken her from the Metropolitan Opera to the big screen. Therese opened 2019 with an epic performance at Los Angeles’ “Troubadour” and made her debut with Scott Bradlee’s “PostModern Jukebox.”

Therese delighted audiences with her performance in the 2018 inaugural tour of A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS.  Her angelic voice and charismatic stage presence will surely get you into the holiday spirit.

Yusaku Mochizuki “Mochi” (Diabolo Juggling)
World Champion performer and “America’s Got Talent” contestant Yusaku Mochizuki started juggling in his hometown of Shizuoka, Japan in 2001 when he was 13 years old, and now he works actively presenting his creative work as an artist all over the world on TV and at festivals, theaters, corporate functions, and events worldwide. For him, juggling is an essential base to express himself that merges art, sports, and performing arts.

Mochi has taken juggling beyond the circus and the street, experimenting with performances using video and performing on television and on many of the greatest stages and performing arts centers in the world, such as at the Festival du Cannes, the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre, Cirque du Demain, and the Taichung Arts Festival to name a few. In 2015, Yusaku Mochizuki achieved his dream, winning gold at the International Jugglers’ Association world championship and thereby officially becoming the world’s top diabolo artist. He is a former member of the world-renowned performance group “ENRA,” fusing visual art, dance, and juggling.

What is Diabolo?
Within the world of juggling, Yusaku Mochizuki specializes in the Diabolo, noted for his characteristically precise control and sense of extreme speed in his performances.  Diabolo is derived from the Chinese yo-yo. 

Virginie Gerbeau & Zoé Sanscartier (Duo Trapeze)
Born in France, at a young age, Virginie enrolled in judo lessons where she was taught the art of falling. A lover of heights, at 6 years old, she discovered the world of circus at “Le Tilt,” a small recreational school in Nantes, France. At 14 years old, Virginie left home to join the National Circus School of Châtellerault, France to receive superior training as a circus artist. She specializes as a base in duo trapeze where she performs for different events in theaters, as well as under big tops all over the world. To further her training as a professional circus artist, in 2012 she crossed the ocean to train at the prestigious National Circus School of Montreal, Canada, where she found her duo trapeze flyer Zoé Sanscartier, and also developed her acrobatic potential through Chinese pole, floor acrobatics, as well as a banquine flyer.

Born in Montreal, Zoé was quickly inspired by the artistic surroundings that her city offered. Through the years, her passion for the arts flowed through singing, dancing, gymnastics, theatre, drawing, and music. Her ambition and curiosity take her to the world of circus. She fell in love with this form of art and it became her dream to be part of the circus. At 11 years old, Zoé joined The National Circus School of Montreal. Combining all of her artistic knowledge from her past experiences into the present, Zoé decided to be a flyer and specializes in duo trapeze with her base, Virginie Gerbeau.

What is Duo Trapeze?
Virginie & Zoé defy gravity while gracefully swinging through the air in this beautiful aerial dance. They weave and spin effortlessly around each other all while performing stunning acrobatics in mid-air. 

Oleksiy “Alex” Mruz (Rola Bola)
Born in Lviv, Ukraine, the multi-award-winning Oleksiy “Alex” Mruz graduated from Kiev State College Circus and Variety Arts in 2004.  Alex is returning from the 2018 tour of A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS where he had audiences on the edge of their seats with his daring feats.

What is Rola Bola?
As a master of balance and precision, Alex will amaze and astound audiences of all ages as he bends beyond the nature of gravity and human potential, climbing higher and higher while balancing on an always-moving surface. 

Duo X Lines: Sergei Kozakov & Anastasiia Niukina (Duo Straps & Duo Adagio)
Sergei and Anastasiia have been in the circus world for many years, first working as soloists and now creating breathtaking acts together. Sergei started out later in life and became a solo artist training in Aerial Gymnastics and Acrobatics.

Anastasiia started training from a very young age and is a champion of many titles and competitions.  She has grown into a multi-skilled artist performing rhythmics, contortion, duo adagio, aerial hoop, aerial straps, and aerial silks.  Since meeting, Sergei and Ana have created an amazing partnership and work together to perform jaw-dropping acts. They have traveled all over the world together performing unique and awe-inspiring acts for audiences of all ages. 

What is Duo Straps?
Duo X Lines will showcase their chemistry on the Aerial Straps with a performance full of feats of strength, grace, acrobatics and flexibility, all while suspended in mid-air.

What is Duo Adagio?
A passionate dance that combines acrobatics with extreme strength and balance.

Ray Rodrigues & Henry Green (Foot Juggling)
Born in La Habana, Cuba, Ray Rodrigues and Henry Green studied and perfected their flawless foot juggling at one of the most prestigious circus schools in Latino America called “Escuela National de Circo Cubana” where they dedicated their lives and futures to their acrobatic art.

What is Icarian Games / Foot Juggling?

Foot juggling is one of the oldest disciplines in circus arts. The porter juggles the flyer with his feet while the flyer performs dizzying spins and flip after flip that will send the audience into a frenzy.

Rachel Salzman (Cyr Wheel)
Born and raised in New York City, Rachel grew up in dance, but always dreamed of circus. For four years, she worked for contemporary and modern dance companies in NYC, and, in 2012, she moved to Montreal where she discovered Cyr Wheel – the perfect melding of dance and acrobatics — at the National Circus School of Montreal. Upon graduation in 2015, she participated in the creation of Luzia with Cirque du Soleil and toured the show for two years performing cyr wheel and pole dance.  She then relocated to Lyon, France to join long-time collaborators, Company Puéril Péril, to be a part of their new creation, L’Autre, which premiered in September 2018. She is currently working on a collaboration with musician Der Mahler called Mississippi to premiere in February 2020 in France.  She continues to work with other companies worldwide such as Cirque Eloize, 45 Degrees, and Cie Les Nouveaux Nez.

What is Cyr Wheel?
The Cyr Wheel combines grace, elegance, and acrobatic skills. The hypnotizing wheel rotation will amaze and transport you into a poetic world. 

Eduardo Garza (Juggling)
Having been born into a family of performance artists that span multiple generations in Monterrey, Mexico, Eduardo Garza defies the notion that “the hand is quicker than the eye.” Eduardo’s delightful demonstration of juggling demands both physical and mental discipline and agility. 

What is Juggling?
Eduardo is fast, furious, and dexterously skilled in this ancient art as his coordination gives animation to inanimate objects.

Anastasiia Mazur (Hand Balance)
Multi-award decorated Anastasiia Mazur has travelled the globe with her unique hand balance act that combines her jaw-dropping flexibility with her inhuman strength. Born in the Ukraine, Anastasiia is taking America by storm, one finger at a time. 

What is Hand Balance?
Gymnastics performance which showcases skills of extreme, inhuman, physical flexibility and strength, all while balancing on two thin canes.

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Cirque Du Soleil’s First On-Ice Production CRYSTAL Comes to Cincinnati in December

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The Reflection. Photo by Matt Beard.

Cincinnati – Cirque du Soleil is excited to announce its return to the Queen City this December with its first creation on ice – CRYSTAL. This unique production pushes the boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. CRYSTAL will celebrate the holidays at the U.S. Bank Arena from Thursday, December 27 through Sunday, December 30 – for six shows only.

In CRYSTAL, gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines for a world-class audience experience. Synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating are featured alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand-to-hand. The result is an adrenaline-packed show for the whole family that pushes the boundaries and surpasses all expectations.

The city holds a special place for us as Cincinnati native Mary Siegel, cast member of Crystal, will make her debut in the city where she grew up. “I can’t even begin to find the words to describe exactly how excited I am to be performing with Cirque du Soleil in my hometown,” says Mary. “It’s one thing to share what I love with my closest friends and family, but to do so around the holidays, I couldn’t ask for a better scenario.”  She joined Cirque du Soleil during the creation of CRYSTAL in the summer of 2017 in Montreal and has been performing as a figure skater in the show ever since.

Tickets for CRYSTAL were available online exclusively to Cirque Club members starting May 7. Cirque Club membership is free, and benefits include access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, visit www.cirqueclub.com. General ticket sales for Cincinnati performances of CRYSTAL were available starting May 18.

Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial prowess.

Show Schedule – Thursday, December 27 through Sunday, December 30, 2018

  • Thursday, December 27 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 28 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 29 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 30 at 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm 

More about CRYSTAL – A Breakthrough Ice Experience
Follow CRYSTAL, the lead character, on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Feel the adrenaline as she soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, liberated and empowered. CRYSTAL invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to colorful life with astounding visual projections and a soundtrack that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil.

For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal
To watch a preview video of CRYSTAL, visit YOUTUBE
Follow #CRYSTAL and #cirquedusoleil on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Sponsor
Cirque du Soleil wishes to thank Forsythe Technology, official partner.

Cirque du Soleil
CRYSTAL is Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd original production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in more than 450 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has more than 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.
To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit www.onedrop.org.

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Cirque du Soleil’s First On-Ice Production CRYSTAL comes to Cincinnati this December

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Matt Beard / Costumes: Marie Chantale Vaillancourt / 2018 Cirque du Soleil.

Cincinnati – Cirque du Soleil is excited to announce its return to the Queen City this December with its first creation on ice – CRYSTAL. This unique production pushes the boundaries of performance by combining stunning skating and acrobatic feats that defy the imagination. CRYSTAL will celebrate the holidays at the U.S. Bank Arena from Thursday, December 27 through Sunday, December 30 – for six shows only.

In CRYSTAL, gymnasts and skaters perform acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines for a world-class audience experience. Synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating are featured alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand-to-hand. The result is an adrenaline-packed show for the whole family that pushes the boundaries and surpasses all expectations.

The city holds a special place for us as Cincinnati native Mary Siegel, cast member of Crystal, will make her debut in the city where she grew up. “I can’t even begin to find the words to describe exactly how excited I am to be performing with Cirque du Soleil in my hometown,” says Mary. “It’s one thing to share what I love with my closest friends and family, but to do so around the holidays, I couldn’t ask for a better scenario.”  She joined Cirque du Soleil during the creation of CRYSTAL in the summer of 2017 in Montreal and has been performing as a figure skater in the show ever since.

Tickets for CRYSTAL were available online exclusively to Cirque Club members starting May 7. Cirque Club membership is free, and benefits include access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, visit www.cirqueclub.com. General ticket sales for Cincinnati performances of CRYSTAL were available starting May 18.

Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats explore their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL fuses circus arts and the world of ice skating in a stunning new production that will take the audience on a journey into a surreal world where figure skating blends with acrobatics and aerial prowess.

Show Schedule – Thursday, December 27 through Sunday, December 30, 2018

  • Thursday, December 27 at 7:30 pm
  • Friday, December 28 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 29 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, December 30 at 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm

More about CRYSTAL – A Breakthrough Ice Experience
Follow CRYSTAL, the lead character, on an exhilarating tale of self-discovery as she dives into a world of her own imagination. Feel the adrenaline as she soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, liberated and empowered. CRYSTAL invites you to suspend reality and glide into a world that springs to colorful life with astounding visual projections and a soundtrack that seamlessly blends popular music with the signature sound of Cirque du Soleil.

For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/crystal

To watch a preview video of CRYSTAL, visit YOUTUBE

Follow #CRYSTAL and #cirquedusoleil on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Sponsor
Cirque du Soleil wishes to thank Forsythe Technology, official partner.

Cirque du Soleil
CRYSTAL is Cirque du Soleil’s 42nd original production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 180 million spectators in more than 450 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has more than 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from 50 different countries.

For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit www.onedrop.org.

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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 https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk.

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.

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/torukthefirstflight

Find us on Twitter with #TORUK

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.

To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit https://www.onedrop.org.

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