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Toruk — The First Flight

Posted on 10 March 2016 by JLusk

With a cascading flow of material and perfectly angled light and visuals, the BB&T Center was transformed for Toruk — the First Flight March 3-6. Based on the movie “Avatar”, the story revolves around two brothers who go on an epic journey to obtain tokens and save their world from disaster and retain their connection with their creator.

The characters, painted blue, climb, roll and jump, looking like monkeys, complete with tails, sometimes more like wildcats, as they majestically explore each new world that is created. Props move and morph serving multiple purposes, each transformation more surprising the next. They encounter “animals” and unfriendly tribes along their journey and must avoid falling rock as they climb for safety and row their way through calmer waters. All these transitions magically take place in the same space. There is a cacophony of action taking place around the floor space, up on the props and in the air. It truly is a feast for the eyes.

Much like an opera, the characters speak in a foreign Navi tongue, yet it is easy to understand the dialogue and one woman even sings like a melodic songbird with other worldly chants. A narrator speaks in English to bring along the tale.

This really is a wonderful experience for the whole family.

The show next will be playing at American Airlines Arena March 10-13. For more information, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk.

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