Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK – The First Flight to visit Canadian Tire Centre June 30-July 3, 2016

TORUK – The First Flight

Written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon
The new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar

Thursday, June 30, to Sunday, July 3, 2016 – Canadian Tire Centre
Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 16, at noon

The new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie Avatar, TORUK – The First Flight, will be presented at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday, June 30, through Sunday, July 3, as part of a global tour in arenas around the world starting in November of 2015.

The name:
TORUK – The First Flight 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.

Creative team:
The creative team is comprised of 13 creators under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté (guide) and Jean-François Bouchard (creative guide) for Cirque du Soleil, and James Cameron, Jon Landau, Kathy Franklin and Richie Baneham for Lightstorm Entertainment:

• Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, show writers and directors, multimedia directors
• Neilson Vignola, director of creation
• Carl Fillion, set and props designer
• Kym Barrett, costume and makeup designer
• Tuan Le and Tan Loc, choreographers
• Bob & Bill, composers and musical directors
• Jacques Boucher, sound designer
• Alain Lortie, lighting designer
• Patrick Martel, puppet designer
• Germain Guillemot, acrobatic performance designer
• Pierre Masse, rigging and acrobatic equipment designer

Show details and ticket information:
Cirque du Soleil will perform TORUK – The First Flight on six occasions over the course of four days at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre as follows:
Thursday, June 30 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 1 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 2 – 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 3 – 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Cirque Club members can purchase tickets in advance of the general public now through Friday, Oct. 16, at 11:59 a.m. Membership is free and benefits include access to advance tickets, special offers and exclusive behind-the-scenes information. To join, please visit

Tickets for TORUK – The First Flight start at $45 and go on sale on Friday, Oct. 16, at noon. Tickets can be purchased by visiting, by phone at 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at each of the 10 participating Canadian Tire stores in Ottawa as well as the store in Perth, The Sens Store at Carlingwood Mall and Place d’Orléans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location, Les Galeries de Hull, Ottawa Festivals and at the Canadian Tire Centre box office.

About Cirque du Soleil:
TORUK – The First Flight is Cirque du Soleil’s 37th production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

Sponsors and partners:
Official sponsors of TORUK – The First Flight are Xerox, DHL and ACTIVEON Action Camera. The show is being created through a licensing arrangement with 20th Century Fox.

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