PERFORMING ARTS

Cirque du Soleil Toruk brings Avatar to life

Cirque du Soleil returns to Brisbane with a stunning new show Toruk: The First Flight.

Cirque du Soleil applies its signature style to James Cameron’s dream, merging two kinds of artistic visions to create a supernatural and mysterious new world that captures the audience’s imagination.

Toruk is set thousands of years before the events in the Avatar film and well before any humans ever set foot in Pandora.

It follows the story of Ralu and Entu, two Omatikaya boys who are on a quest to save the Tree of Souls by gathering five sacred objects from five different clans.

Toruk makes full use of the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, bringing with it incredible acrobatics.

Performers climbed to souring heights over the ever-changing sets while displaying incredible balance, amazing flexibility and energetic flips and tricks.

The large space at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre provides a new viewpoint on the cirque franchise with sizeable and quick changing sets that allow the world of Pandora to be revealed.

The large-scale set combined with modern technology, a smartphone app, perfectly coordinated lights, fog and a heart pounding musical rhythm is a degustation for the senses.

The story’s calming narration and the deep vocals of the Sharman (performed by Priscilia Le Foll) allows the audience to fully immerse themselves in the storyline.

While the costumes of Pandora’s clans are predominately blue, the costume designers do a fantastic job of adding extra features to distinguish each clan.

Their costumes, facial expressions and mannerisms bring mystical creates and animals to life.

With eleven shows at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre before moving onto Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, be sure to catch a glimpse into the mystical world of Pandora and the fantastic performers as they pass through Brisbane.

Words by Penny Fraser

Details: Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk: The First Flight | Brisbane Entertainment Centre | 5 to 15 October 2017

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