Toruk – the First Flight is inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar. Cirque du Soleil transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting.
You get to experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery and possibility. Cirque Du Soleil always does a great job dazzling the audiences with mind bending acrobatics and stunts.
The show is currently travelling through North America for a limited time. I watched the show in Vancouver, BC and it only runs from December 13 to 18, 2016. After this date, they move on to the next location.
The show is 2 hours long including a 20 minute intermission.
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the show as my friend’s guest to enjoy this amazing show. I made sure to show up at least 20 minutes early to find my seat and get comfortable before the show began.
I never want to be the one person coming in when the show starts. If you’re parking, make sure to leave home early as there was a lot of traffic for those who needed parking.
When we were waiting for the show to begin, they reminded a lot of the audience to download their Toruk app to dive into the world of Pandora.
You get to see what it’s like to become part of the show and get access never-seen-before backstage photos and videos.
What’s great about this show is that you can take photos with your phone without anyone yelling at you.
During the show, it will instruct you to turn your phone towards the stage as it adds the the whole experience. The app makes your camera light flash on and off to imitate stars for the show. I thought it was super cool.
The show is visually stunning and I liked their choice of venue at the Pacific Coliseum as it’s much bigger than their travelling tent. It’s not too big, so most seats do have a great view.
As for the content of the show, I found that you didn’t need to see Avatar to enjoy the show, but knowing the basics of Avatar helped me to understand parts of the show.
The main characters are three Na’vi teens – Ralu, Entu and Tsyal – who are on a mission to find and tame Toruk, but they must collect talismans from all five clans to do so.
Their journey through all five clans was interesting to see as the transformation of the sets always amazes me. The costumes are also very amazing and detailed.
Overall, it was a great experience watching this show. But with that being said, the show isn’t perfect. The actors do their best to execute all stunts, but it’s was very hard to tell if stumbling of stunts were intentional or not. Either way, I still enjoyed it. It’s mind blowing to see the performers contorting their bodies in ways I’ve never seen before.