Latest Cirque du Soleil blockbuster heads for Belgium

It is largest theatrical producer in the world and its latest masterpiece is fast heading to Belgium.

“Toruk - The First Flight” is the name of Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring production that will be presented at Sportpaleis in Antwerp at 8pm from 13 to 17 March.

The show, which premiered in December 2015 and is inspired by James Cameron's film Avatar, is keenly awaited. It depicts a world before the events depicted in Cameron’s record-breaking movie.

The Belgian leg is as part of a global tour that has wooed audiences in arenas around the world.

The show transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. The audience experiences 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 (Circus of the Sun or Sun Circus) 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.

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 and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

Toruk is the central character of the show and is brought to life as a life-sized puppet, along with Pandoran animals such as the Direhorse, the Austrapede, the Turtapede, and a Viperwolf.

The word 'Toruk', in the Na'vi language, refers to the great leonopteryx that rules over the Pandorian sky. Fundamental in Na'vi lore and culture, this perplexing creature is critical to the Na'vi clans' sense of destiny and interconnectedness with members past and present.

The set of Toruk is made of inflated rubber and steel, making the huge set easier to transport from city to city.

Toruk features 5 speciality acrobatic acts and general tumbling skills in order to capture the other worldly skills of the inhabitants of Pandora. Each tribe has their own unique apparatus and discipline, reflecting their tribal values and skills which Entu and Ralu will need to learn in order to tame Toruk.

The show has already been lauded by critics and the public alike and, as ever with Cirque du Soleil, tickets for the Antwerp performances are selling fast.

So, if you want to see this unique show the message is: Don't delay!

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