WATCH: The New Cirque du Soleil Touring Show Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR

Toruk The First Flight live in Manila from June 23 to July 2 at SM Mall of Asia Arena

 TORUK – The First Flight

written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon

Presents its Asian Premiere in Manila, tickets now on sale

The new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, TORUK –  The First Flight, will premiere at The Mall of Asia Arena from 23 June to 2 July for the first time in Asia as part of a global tour in arenas around the world. Tickets are now on sale.

The show

Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery, and possibility.

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 human 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.

Ticket information

TORUK – The First Flight will be presented at The Mall of Asia Arena from 23 June. Public on-sale will start 8 April at 10:00am. Tickets can be purchased at and

 Toruk the first flight live in Manila this June 23, tickets now on sale

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                                      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


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 app can be downloaded from here:

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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.

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