Cirque du Soleil announces Avatar-inspired show in London
Cirque du Soleil has announced its latest production will be inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar and is set to run in London in 2019.
The show, titled Toruk – The First Flight, is the first time the company has developed a show alongside a film franchise. With creative input from Cameron, the show will be an official prequel to the original Avatar film, set amidst a natural catastrophe which threatens the Tree of Souls when two boys, Ralu and Entu, who take it upon themselves to find Toruk who will be able to save them.
Written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, the show will feature acrobatics, stage tricks, visuals and a cinematic score to tell the story.
On the announcement of the show, Cameron said, “Avatar is really meant to be a celebration of human motion and human emotion and Cirque is able to capture that absolutely perfectly, because it’s all about human performance and physicality. It makes you feel alive to watch these performers.”
When it was released in 2009, Avatar became the highest-grossing movie of all-time, taking over $2.5billion at box offices around the world. It tells the story of a group of humans colonising a habitable moon when they discover a local tribe.