Toruk-The First Flight Premiered Four Years Ago Today

Toruk-The First Flight Premiered Four Years Ago Today

Four years ago today Toruk-The First Flight celebrated it’s world premiere at the Bell Center in Montreal. It came at a perfect time for many of us Avatar fans. We were still a year an a half away from Pandora opening at Animal Kingdom, James Horner had passed away earlier that year, the release of Avatar 2 was seemingly always being pushed back one more year, there wasn’t a lot happening in the fandom. But Toruk gave us something to look forward to, something to go see. The show would last until this year, June 30th to be exact. It was different than other Cirque shows before it, it was more theatrics and less acrobatics, although it included plenty of both. By the end over 3 million people saw Toruk live across the world, and while it did have it’s detractors they were typically upset because it was a much different show than previous Cirque shows, it developed a real following among fans of the movie however. Those Avatar fans who saw it were transported to Pandora in the flesh, you got to see Toruk right in front of you, the Na’vi ran past you, we got to meet new characters and clans, it was truly exhilarating. It is a show I truly will never forget, a very emotional experience. I wanted to share a few things from the show to celebrate the premier on its 4th birthday.

First up is the press release from that very first show taken directly from www.cirqueduesoleil.com

Cirque du Soleil presents tonight in Montreal the world premiere of its new arena touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATARTORUK – The First Flight. The show will be presented at Montreal’s Centre Bell until January 3 and will then continue touring in arenas around the world.

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

Victor Pilon

Neilson Vignola

Carl Fillion

Kym Barrett

Tuan Le and Tan Loc

Bob & Bill

Jacques Boucher

Alain Lortie

Patrick Martel

Germain Guillemot

Pierre Masse

Show Writer and Director, Multimedia Director

Show Writer and Director, Multimedia Director

Director of Creation

Set and Props Designer

Costume and Makeup Designer

Choreographers

Composers and Musical Directors

Sound Designer

Lighting Designer

Puppet Designer

Acrobatic Performance Designer

Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer

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

Photos available at:
http://cirk.me/1IWQVlc

Video:
https://app.frame.io/f/87bAdxqr

Ticket information

TORUK – The First Flight is presented at Centre Bell in Montreal until January 3. To purchase tickets and for the full list of cities visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk.

Sponsors and partners

Xerox, DHL, and ACTIVEON Action Camera are the official sponsors of TORUK – The First Flight. 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 TORUK prend son envol documentary

Toruk prend son envol is a 50 minute documentary on the behind the scenes during the creation of TORUK – The First Flight inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR. The documentary is available now only on Bell Fibe TV community channel TV1. Directed by Adrian Wills, the documentary offers an unprecedented access to the creation process of a Cirque du Soleil show. For more information about Toruk Takes Flight, visit Bell.ca/Toruk.

 

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

Media contact:
Martine Laforce
Roy & Turner Communications
(514) 844-9678, extension 202
mlaforce@roy-turner.com

 

A page featuring an in-depth look at the costume design on Toruk- Tyranny of Style

Some of the first videos released promoting the production-

The final bow, directly from Toruk’s Facebook page-

 

Avatar Sequels is now on Reddit

Avatar Sequels is now on Reddit

For those of you who enjoy Reddit we now have our own sub (page) on there. Click the following link or just click Reddit at the top of the website. Giving this a try as this gives anyone who is a fan of the website an easy way to chat about Avatar and we have a chat room there. It also gives us a place to link up during the 10 year celebration. Let me know what you think!

https://www.reddit.com/r/AvatarSequels/

Send questions to the cast and crew of the Avatar Sequels

Send questions to the cast and crew of the Avatar Sequels

Check out the new video from Avatar producer Jon Landau. To celebrate Avatar’s 10 year anniversary starting at midnight EST on December 18th  James Cameron, Jon Landau, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, CCH Pounder, Joel David Moore, Sigourney Weaver, and more cast and crew will be live to answer fans questions. You can submit questions on twitter using hashtag #Avatar10yearanniversary. You can find out a few more details on the video below.

 

I am extremely excited for this, get your questions in and remember to tune in to hopefully see them answered. Here is a link to Avatar’s twitter where the event will be taking place- https://twitter.com/officialavatar.

Also don’t forget, Shop Disney is selling some really cool 10th Anniversary merchandise that can be found at the following link- Shop Disney (Avatar).

 

Christmas on Pandora: The World of Avatar

Christmas on Pandora: The World of Avatar

Thanks to a post by Jon Landau (Marshall Lamm) and article by WDW News Today, we get to see a preview of how Pandora: The World of Avatar is going to celebrate Christmas this year. I for one can’t wait to see what all they do. I absolutely love Christmas and it is my favorite time of the year. I’m glad to see them doing new and different things at the park to keep it fresh and fun. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and a soon to be great Christmas season.

 

Here is a blog post from BlockMickey.com that has great pictures of the ornaments, and a bit more information. Christmas Decorations Arrive on Pandora – The World of Avatar

 

 

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path Trade Paper Back (TPB) out today

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path Trade Paper Back (TPB) out today

If you’ve been dragging your feet on picking up the recent Avatar comic series following Tsu’tey, you can now go to our local comic shop or order the entire series collected into a single book. It also includes the short comic released on Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) in 2017 about Jake Sully. It’s 7 comics, 144 pages, for only $19.99 or if you check out Things From Another World (TFAW) for $15.99. Here is a link to order it from TFAW Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path TPB.

Avatar on Disney+

Avatar on Disney+

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In case you’ve missed it, Avatar will be on Disney+ at launch. I think this helps give the movie some great exposure in these next couple of years as we lead up to Avatar 2. It also makes sense since Disney can promote it with the tie in to Pandora-The World of Avatar. Plus I love they are giving Avatar the respect it deserves by being on the platform at launch. The Disney+ subscription looks very reasonably priced with some great shows if you’re a Disney owned property fan. Signing up gives you an initial free 7 day trial, which then leads into a few options. You can pay monthly for $6.99 or yearly for one payment of $69.99. Both prices are really great when compared with other competing streaming services available. After launch there will also be one more option, you can get a bundle of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month. You can also download any TV show or movie on up to 10 devices, and steam 4 shows on up to 4 devices. You can sign up now at Disney+

Fan Theory: Eastern Sea Ikran Leaders name

Fan Theory: Eastern Sea Ikran Leaders name

The Eastern Sea Olo’eyktan (clan leader) is my favorite character not named Neytiri in Avatar. We know so little about her but I’ve noticed she has a lot of fans all over social media. That red war paint just looks so cool, plus she fearlessly leads her clan into battle after Toruk Makto comes and asks for their help. But after we see her and her clan fly into batter we sadly don’t see her again. So who is this red painted warrior who stands out in Avatar, will we see her again? Whats her clan name?

I think we might have some of the answers, although none of it is straight forward. Allow me to explain. Quite some time ago now Avatar.com updated and added some new information on their website. On thing added is a profile on some new clans. Some we had seen in Toruk: The First Flight, others we had seen in James Cameron’s: Avatar The Game, and others had been in Avatar the first movie, but their name wasn’t mentioned. We are only going to focus on one of those, the Tayrangi. Lets take a look at what Avatar.com says about the Tayrangi.

When I saw this the very first thing that stood out is the Eastern Sea Olo’eyktan is shown on her ikran in front, this screenshot Avatar.com used is taken from the final battle in Avatar. Also the Tayrangi “analysis” above describes what little we know of that clan. All they are mentioned in Avatar is by Jake, “the ikran people of the Eastern Sea.” So I don’t think its much of a reach to assume she is the Clan leader of the Tayrangi. She also shows up in the comic, Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path, in the very last issue although no new information is given. Here is her appearance.

This brings me to the newest information I’ve come across and this is from Avatar: Pandora Rising, the new mobile game. Currently it is not yet released in the US so I haven’t played it. However it is available in some other countries and people have shared screenshots of the characters bio’s from the game. From those bio’s we get the first names we’ve seen for members of the Tayrangi clan.

Nanti, while a seemingly cool character doesn’t seem to provide any further information on the clans Olo’ektan, however does Tsentey provide a clue? His bio says he is husband of “Ikeyni.” Sadly we don’t have a bio from the game of anyone named Ikeyni, but they mention her, making me think she is someone possibly of more importance than simply being his wife. It’s just a guess, and one that could very well be wrong but I am thinking Ikeyni may very well be our red war paint Tayrangi leader. The only other thing that might support this is the fact he is a veteran ikran rider, and I’m going to assume our red paint Tayrangi leader is also someone who is a veteran of a clan. I wouldn’t think the Na’vi select young clan leaders unless the older veteran leader has died or become unable to lead. So it would make sense to me if our Tayrangi leader has a husband they’d both be considered veterans.

What are you thoughts? It is admittedly a stretch to try and connect those dots, but I think it’s a solid theory with what little information we have so far. Let me know what you think via social media, or the comments! Thanks to Exostrike for showing me where the Pandora Rising bio’s were, and to Tsu’rat for sharing them with the community.

*EDIT* As of 6/16/20 we now have confirmation Ikeyni is indeed her name. Thanks to Olly on the LN discord server for sharing this and again Exostrike for alerting me.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween ma tsmuke and tsmukans. I wanted to celebrate by showing some of the extremely talented makeup artists, cosplayers, and fans of Avatar that have been showing up on my Instagram feed lately. I love that they are all super talented and created something similar, yet all are still different. There are different shades of blue, different stripes, and eyebrows, just showing us there are so many ways to accomplish the same thing and still look phenomenal. The artists come from all over the world. I hope these pictures can inspire you to create your own Na’vi costume for this Halloween, or even next year, the Instagram names with a link to each artists page is included above their photo. So if you see any you like give them a like or send them a message and let them know. Stay safe on Halloween everyone. The pumpkin above is from 2010 and shared by Fantasy Pumpkins. Check out their page for a really cool Toruk Makto pumpkin as well.

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@_allure_makeup_studio

@natty.makeup0

@hayleyjessica_mua

@mishellmakeupec

@jesiika89

@luxiamakeup

@doriana_de_vil

@makeupby_naat

@paulartistry_

@maferanguloi

@_stygia_

@sarag_makeup_

@jaceys_esthetics

@momjesusone

@s.ka.ii

@marianazeni_& @marianazmakeup

@makesnatha

@viktoriemun

@aweirdandwonderfulword

@berrybrandaz

@kosmeticsbykatie