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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cirque Du Soleil: A Date Night with TORUK

Last night I got to go to my first Cirque du Soleil show and it was A M A Z I N G. Based on James Cameron's movie, Avatar, TORUK- The First Flight is here in Vancouver from Dec 13- 18 as part of a global tour.

I've talked to lots of people who have gone to a Cirque Du Soleil show and have never heard anything less than amazing reviews and it's been something I've wanted to do for a long time. Will and I had been looking forward to going for about a month and made a date night of it and enjoyed some time out without the kids. From what I know of Cirque shows I expected amazing sets, beautiful costumes, and mind- blowing performances/ acrobatics. And that's exactly what we got with TORUK. The show is 2 hours long including a 20 minute intermission and from start to finish TORUK delivers from one amazing act to another. Whether you've seen Avatar or not, you will enjoy this show; Will mentioned he liked that it was based on a movie he was familiar with (and liked), but it's not essential for enjoying TORUK.

Highlights for me included the amazing set that transformed throughout the performance, the talented performers, and the attention to detail (the costumes/ props were so beautiful). TORUK is set up in an arena, with the audience surrounding the majority of the stage area, making it dynamic to view- everywhere you look there's something to see. Parts of the set would change throughout the show, moving and adapting for each act- you never knew what to expect next, and each performance seemed better than the previous. My jaw dropped several times throughout the show and I couldn't stop shaking my head at what the performers are capable of. The acrobatics and choreography blew my expectations away, with several of the performers contorting their bodies in ways I had never seen before.

It's hard to pick a favourite scene/ act, so I've shared photos of a few of them below. If you have the chance to see a performance of TORUK, I would definitely recommend it. As my first Cirque Du Soleil show, I left feeling pretty giddy from TORUK- I couldn't have asked for a better first experience with this entertainment franchise and it was a great way to spend a night out with Will (although there were families with kids there so don't rule it out as a fun family night out). My only advice would be to arrive about half an hour before show time to give yourself plenty of time to find parking, maybe grab some food, and get settled. For show and ticket information, see below.

About Toruk- The First Flight
TORUK takes viewers to Pandora, the setting from the film, and features everything you'd hope for in a Cirque du Soleil show, produced with a creative team including Cameron himself helping to bring everything for the show together. Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and filled with a variety of characters, this show is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before humans 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, decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out with their new 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.

Through a combination of cutting- edge visuals, puppetry, and stagecraft accompanied by a beautiful 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.

Show Info
Show Dates: December 14- 18th, 2016 
Location: Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver
Tickets: $51.90- $149.50 + service charges (family pack pricing available)

If you'd like to purchase tickets, click here to go to the Cirque Du Soleil website and check availability.

Top Photo Credit: Jesse Faatz
All other photos my own.

Disclosure: I received tickets to TORUK in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.