TORUK – The First Flight – Cirque du Soleil

Dates: 2015 – present (Touring)

Official website:

“TORUK – The First Flight, inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, a live experience by Cirque du Soleil, envisions a world beyond imagination set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film. The word Toruk, in the Na’vi language, refers to the great leonopteryx, the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Central in Na’vi lore and culture, this fascinating creature is crucial to the Na’vi clans’ sense of destiny and interconnectedness – and is about to be ridden for the very first time by a Na’vi.”

Show Writers & Directors / Multimedia Directors: Michel Lemieux & Victor Pilon
Director of Creation: Neilson Vignola
Set & Props Designer: Carl Fillion
Costume & Makeup Designer: Kym Barrett
Choreographers: Tuan Le & Tan Loc
Composers & Musical Directors: Bob & Bill
Sound Designer: Jacques Boucher
Lighting Designer: Alain Lortie
Puppet Designer: Patrick Martel
Acrobatic Performance Designer: Germain Guillemot
Rigging & Acrobatic Equipment Designer: Pierre Masse

Facts & Figures

(from the Facebook page)

  • 40 video projectors
  • 27 trucks to tour the show
  • 145 rigging points in each venue
  • 40 touring technicians and 130 local stagehands for the load-in to build the stage and set
  • 1 hour for a specialised compressor to inflate the Hometree to full pressure during load-in


Behind the Scenes