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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

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


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 :

Photos available at:


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

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


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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.

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Media contact:
Martine Laforce
Roy & Turner Communications
(514) 844-9678, extension 202


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-


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 that has great pictures of the ornaments, and a bit more information. Christmas Decorations Arrive on Pandora – The World of Avatar



Fan Spotlight: Victoria

Fan Spotlight: Victoria

When this website was created I had a couple goals in mind, to give back to the Avatar community by sharing news and a positive message. Also by giving back to the community specifically via fan interaction, there are some really great fans out there. So this is the first of hopefully many interviews spotlighting an Avatar fan. You don’t have to own merchandise, you don’t have to speak fluent na’vi, you just have a positive attitude and a passion for Avatar. If you’d like to nominate anyone for Fan Spotlight please press the contact tab and send us an email. Irayo!

Hello Victoria! First I’d like to say thank you for being the first interview.

No problem!! I love the site so much and I’ve learned so much about the franchise by the site itself!

So starting from the beginning, how did you discover Avatar, and what sucked you in?

Well, when Avatar first came out in ‘09, I was fairly young at the time; 3rd grade to be exact. I remember everyone in my class talking about this AMAZING film that just came out called Avatar, and all the cool kids in the class got see the film. Me being in 3rd grade at the time, my family didn’t let me see it in theaters so I sadly had to wait until it was released on DVD. When I finally saw the film, my mind was BLOWN!! I was mesmerized by all the colors, the creatures, the beautiful effects, etc. I had never seen such an amazingly beautiful film in my entire life- Even years later, I still obsess over the film and am equally mesmerized by its beauty!

So I take it you haven’t had the chance to see Avatar in theaters yet, what about in 3D?

I luckily, finally saw Avatar in 3D just last year!! My mother got a hold of a 3D television and I saved up my money to buy Avatar in 3D Blu-ray. I was mesmerized! Again!! It felt like I was watching the film for the first time! I picked up so many different details that I hadn’t noticed the other times I watched the film; Even my family was astonished by its 3D effects!

What is some of your favorite characters, animals, and scenes that stuck with you from the film?

As a young child, I was mesmerized by the Na’vi designs. I loved how they looked human, but also alien, yet somehow had a beauty to them which we don’t normally see in films that deal with aliens/Extra Terrestrial beings. I was also mesmerized by the thanator and banshees; I just loved the idea of being able to ride one of those!

Speaking of riding a banshee, have you had the chance to visit Pandora The World of Avatar?

Yes!! I was very lucky to go with my family last year! I’m very lucky to have a family that loves Avatar as well, so they were excited to go too! When we got there, we immediately got in line for Flight of Passage and waited 2.5 hours! My family and I both agreed that it was very worth the wait! I loved Pandora so much! I also catch myself wanting to go back from time to time, wishing I lived closer to Disney. I plan to go back soon, maybe next summer. I just need to experience Pandora again!

What were some of your favorite parts of the park?

I loved the rides (Of course!), especially Flight of Passage. After watching Avatar when I was younger, I always wanted to experience flying on the back of a banshee, and Pandora finally gave me that opportunity!! I was brought to happy tears after the ride; it’s just so beautiful and realistic; it truly made me think I was in Pandora for those 4 minutes. I also really enjoyed how amazing the wildlife looked!! Pandora looked so real with it’s floating mountains, vibrant plants, and the canyon where Flight of Passage resides; the canyon just blew me away!! I still am in awe about how the imagineers made Pandora look so real and vibrant.

Did you get a chance to see the Cirque du Soleil show Toruk – The First Flight?

Yes!! I was lucky to see that show as well! My dad and I traveled 2.5 hours to see the show and it was very well worth it! It’s amazing how the actors and actresses can contort and twist their bodies in such odd ways. I also loved how the entire show was spoken in Na’vi and then translated into English by an Elder Na’vi; that was a great touch to make it all seem 100% more authentic.

Did you get a chance to pick up the Dark Horse Avatar comic last year?

I did!! I waited in line on Free Comic Book Day and got myself a copy!! I loved the art style and how it dives more into detail about Jake’s story. I just wish the comic was longer! I’m itching for more!

Even though we are still 2 years away from Avatar 2, is there anything you want to see in the first sequel?

I’ve always wanted to see more creatures and animals of Pandora. I also really wanna see more Na’vi tribes and female Na’vi warriors; Neytiri was the highlight of the first film for me, so I also hope to see more of her! She’s an amazing character!

We are over 8 years removed from the release of Avatar and you have essentially grown up with Avatar. So how do you celebrate your Avatar fandom and keep that fire burning still today?

I keep in touch with many other Avatar fans through forums, especially the Learn Na’vi forum. I also have given myself a goal to try and learn some Na’vi before the sequels, so maybe I won’t have to use subtitles when Na’vi is spoken! I also have tried to keep up with the news about the sequels to get me excited and stay up to date- Avatar has a very special place in my heart, so it’s hard to fathom me ever out-growing and getting bored of it.

Thank you so much for your support for the site and again, a huge irayo for being our first interview.

Irayo níxtan for interviewing me!! It’s an honor that you think of me first for the interview on the site!

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The Avatar sequels will succeed, and here is why

The Avatar sequels will succeed, and here is why

Avatar takes a lot of flak online. For each person that loved the movie it feels like there are 20 who are online bashing it. But don’t fret, I’ll show you how Avatar just keeps winning.

  • First and foremost it is the #1 one grossing movie all time and it’s not even close. Titanic which is number two is right at 601 million behind. How big is that gap between #1 and #2 in the movie world, it’s the entire gross of Iron Man, plus 16 more million dollars.


  • It is the #2 grossing domestic (U.S.) movie of all time. It had a nice 6 year run at number one but ultimately The Force Awakens took that spot. Even though Avatar is behind The Force Awakens by 176 million domestically, it still finished a whopping 720 million ahead when worldwide totals are included.


  • It is #2 all time in Blu Ray sales. For all the internet chatter that says people only enjoyed Avatar in 3D at the theater, that simply isn’t true. Frozen is the only movie to have sold more Blu Ray copies.


  • The Cirque du Soleil show Toruk-The First Flight based on Avatar, and a fantastic addition to the franchise made it to the Guinness Book of World records for being the #1 grossing circus touring performance show of 2017. This showed Avatar can expand to other quality entertainment avenues and still connect with people just as the movie did.


  • Disney spent an estimated $500,000,000 dollars on an Avatar land expansion in Animal Kingdom called Pandora-The World of Avatar. The Avatar haters were in full force when this project was revealed, and it continued all they way up to the point that this land opened and was a stunningly huge success. The land includes Flight of Passage which has been called the best ride in all of Disney.


Avatar doesn’t just do well, Avatar comes in #1 or #2 in almost every measurable category. While it is a popular franchise to attack online I believe this is only because of the unprecedented success of the film. We are still 2 years away from the first sequel and I don’t have a solid prediction yet for if Avatar 2 can dethrone Avatar from that #1 worldwide spot, but the fact that I even think it stands a chance at this stage just shows the power and connection of the franchise to people.




Toruk-The First Flight is coming to Beijing in August

Toruk-The First Flight is coming to Beijing in August

Very informative article on Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk-The First Flight. I highly recommend the show if you have not yet seen it. It won’t be around forever so if you get a chance to catch it when it comes near you, pounce on it.