Cirque du Soleil Touring Show “TORUK – The First Flight” Comes to Raleigh


The new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR
TORUK – The First Flight
written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon

Will be presented at the PNC Arena 
June 24-26, 2016

Tickets on pre-sale exclusively to Cirque Club members on April 30 and Public on-sale starting May 8

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 PNC Arena on June 24-26, 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:

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 PNC Arena on June 24-26, 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 Cirque du Soleil, TORUK – The First Flight Tickets.

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 20thCentury 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 Cirque du Soleil Homepage.
To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit ONE DROP Foundation Homepage.

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