The next Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron's AVATAR

TORUK – The First Flight
Written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon


Tickets on pre-sale in 13 North American cities exclusively to Cirque Club members starting April 30

MONTREAL, April 27, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Cirque du Soleil is very happy to unveil the name of its next touring show inspired by James Cameron's record-breaking movie AVATAR : TORUK –  The First Flight. This brand new creation will tour in arenas around the world starting November 2015. The show will premiere in Montreal on December 21.

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


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


Creators biographies and still images are available online in our pressroom :



Ticket information
TORUK – The First Flight will tour in arenas starting November 2015. Tickets for performances in cities listed below will be on exclusive pre-sale online for Cirque Club members as of April 30 at

Lafayette, Louisiana
Montreal, Quebec
Auburn Hills, Michigan
North Little Rock, Arkansas
North Charleston, South Carolina
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Kansas City, Missouri
Louisville, Kentucky
Cincinnati, Ohio
Hamilton, Ontario
London, Ontario
Providence, Rhode Island
Raleigh, North Carolina

Sponsors and Partners
TORUK – The First Flight will proudly have the support of two official sponsors: Xerox and DHL. The show is being created through a licensing arrangement with 20th Century Fox.

Follow us on Facebook:
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
To find out more about the ONE DROP Foundation, visit


SOURCE Cirque du Soleil

For further information: Chantal Côté, Cirque du Soleil,


Organization Profile

Cirque du Soleil

More on this organization

Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890