Cirque du Soleil is very happy to unveil the name of its next touring show inspired by James Cameron's record-breaking movie Avatar: Toruk - The First Flight. Presented by Visa Signature, this brand new creation will tour in arenas around the world starting November 2015. The show will premiere in Montreal on December 21.

The name 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.

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Toruk - The First Flight comprises 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

Toruk - The First Flight will tour in arenas starting November 2015. Tickets for performances in cities listed below will be on exclusive pre-sale online for Cirque Club members as of April 30 at

  • Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Auburn Hills, Michigan
  • North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • North Charleston, South Carolina
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • London, Ontario
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

Toruk - The First Flight is presented by Visa Signature, the sponsor of the 2015-2016 US tour of the show. Xerox and DHL are the official sponsors. The show is being created through a licensing arrangement with 20th Century Fox. Follow us on Facebook: Find us on Twitter with #TORUK. 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. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit Take a look at the first preview videos from this touring show below, and stay tuned for more information.