In 2009 James Cameron took us on a journey to the moon Pandora in the blockbuster film “Avatar.” It’s a film that touched our lives, and many of you went to see it over and over again. For those of you who want to revisit Pandora and its blue-skinned inhabitants, the Na’vi, now is your chance. Cirque du Soleil’s newest show “Toruk – The First Flight” is playing June 15th through the 19th at the Infinite Energy Area.
“Toruk” uses a mixture of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry, stagecraft and cinematic score to give us a story about the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnection with all living things.
Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, “Toruk – The First Flight is a mystical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in Cameron’s “Avatar.” The story tells the tale of two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, who go an adventure to save the sacred Tree of Souls.
The set alone is worth the price of admission as “The Tree of Souls” is 80 feet wide and almost 40 feet tall, with the whole surface of the stage a total projection surface, making it five times the size of a normal IMAX screen. The show is a total immersion experience as “Toruk” uses 38 projectors during the performance including eight that send projections into the audience.
There are over 115 costumes for the 35 performers in the show, and the costume department has produced over 1,000 items in all, including headpieces, shoes, and necklaces.
There are 16 puppets that represent the creatures of Pandora, some of which are inspired by the movies and others were created from scratch, using the film as a springboard to create the new creatures.
The cast was trained by actress and former competitive gymnast Juliene Renee to teach the artists how to move like the Na’vi. Having worked on the film, she taught the cast the basic catlike movements of the Na’vi, while also exploring with them the philosophy, language, and sounds that are part of the daily life on Pandora.
“Toruk – The First Flight” that will delight and astound not just fans of Cirque du Soleil but also the fans of the world of James Cameron’s “Avatar.” It’s a chance to go back to the moon of Pandora and commune with the Na’vi once again.
Cirque du Soleil’s “Toruk – The First Flight” will be playing June 15th through 19th at the Infinite Energy Arena in Gwinnett. For tickets and more information go to www.infiniteenergycenter.com