TORUK The First Flight

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Have you ever seen a Cirque du Soleil show? How about the movie, AVATAR? I’ll be honest, I haven’t…but this is going to be a summer of some firsts because my family will be taking in the sights and sounds of Cirque right here in Pittsburgh! From June 22-26, 2016, CONSOL Energy Center will welcome TORUK – The First Flight, a new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by AVATAR.

TORUK The First Flight

TORUK The First Flight

We’ll be transported to Pandora, a world that inspires imagination, discovery, and possibility. (Sounds just like what I want the kids to do this summer – right?) This show is set thousands of years before AVATAR:

When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

-Media Release

Admittedly, I was intrigued, so I headed over to the TORUK website. There, among lots of great show information,  I found this video that literally took my breath away with excitement (and wonder – how will they transform my favorite ice rink into Pandora?!?!):

Right? Right. This is going to be awesome. I hope you’ll join us in taking in this show. (If you’re interested, please enter my giveaway at the bottom of this post!)


A few details about the Pittsburgh tour stop:

When: June 22-26, 2016

Where: CONSOL Energy Center, Pittsburgh

How: Tickets can be purchased at


Fun Facts about TORUK  The First Flight:

  • The show’s performance area is based on the Fibonacci spiral. This shape is determined by the ancient number sequence in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers. It is said that botanists on Pandora have recognized this mathematical pattern in many botanical specimens with a fiddle-head shape. If one were to place the design of the Fibonacci spiral on the the Tree of Souls would be in the exact spot at the heart of the spiral.
  • Some costumes are made with parts of hammocks.
  • There are 115 costumes in the show, an average of 3.3 costumes per artist. The costume department produced more than 1,000 items in all, including shoes, headpieces and necklaces.
  • During the scene in the Hallelujah Mountains, the 64,5-square-foot giant traction kite flies out over the audience. Spectators sitting up close can feel the gust of wind the kite makes as it whooshes by overhead.


Ready for the giveaway? As the Na’Vi would say, Ngaru fl’ut! (Here it is!): 

In an effort to bring audience members involvement to a whole new level, Cirque du Soleil will be launching a first-of- its-kind app for TORUK – The First Flight.  Working with long-time technology partner SAP, the app will enhance the overall show experience and enable audience members to be a part of the action before, during and after the performance! The app can be downloaded from here: first-flight/id1060239115?mt=8

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