Recaps & Reviews

Cirque Du Soleil’s Latest Show Toruk Is A Visual Feast


Cirque Du Soleil made its latest stop in Toronto last night, and with it brought a narrative story that will keep you entertained from not only watching the performers do their thing but from watching the constantly shifting landscape of the backdrop and riveting score as well.

Based on James Cameron’s Avatar, Toruk The First Flight  takes you back 3000 years before the events of the movie. A Na’vi storyteller speaks of a natural disaster that threatens to destroy their sacred Tree of Souls, and introduces us to two boys on the verge of becoming men who go on a quest to obtain five sacred artifacts that can help them ride the bird-like predator Toruk and save their world. Along the way the boys encounter different tribes and face different challenges in order to obtain the relics.

If you go to Toruk expecting a show similar to previous Cirque Du Soleil performances you might be disappointed, because although there is plenty of breathtaking acrobatics, you don’t see the high-end stuff they have become known for. What you do see however is an epic adventure story that draws you in and helps you forget you are watching blue skinned performers with tails running around a stage. And don’t worry if you don’t speak their language (really no one can), because you can easily get the gist of what they are talking about. One of the most remarkable things about the show is the constantly shifting stage, that takes you from forests to waterfalls and clifftops. The 3D set is almost unbelievable, and you will find yourself shocked by what they are able to do with it. It’s also amazing to watch how they create the animals of Pandora as well, thanks to some very talented puppeteers.

Toruk: The First Flight is an entertaining adventure that you won’t soon forget. It’s in Toronto until the 10th of January, before heading to Quebec City, and touring the U.S. It will return to Canada in May for shows in London and Hamilton.

Photo: Youssef Shoufan Costume: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

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