Love it or hate it, James Cameron has inundated the world with his Avatar universe. There are two sequels already in the works and scheduled to release in 2016 and 2018, with a fourth film planned for some unknown point in the future. There’s also Avatar Land, an atmospheric reproduction of the Avatar-verse coming to Disney World. Now, Cameron has taken his obsession one step further by producing a global Avatar-themed Cirque de Soleil stage show, TorukThe First Flight.

While the original Avatar movie may not have been a tour-de-force when it came to script writing or acting, one thing it had in abundance was a very atmospheric visual world. Thus, the property lends itself well to the types of shows that Cirque de Soleil puts on. We can expect the costumes and sets to be top-notch representations of Cameron’s universe and, as they always do, the Cirque de Soleil team will put on an amazing show.

Though I’m not a fan of Avatar by any means, I do believe Cameron may have found a niche that his property can fill well.

Here’s the synopsis of the shows story:

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

And here’s a teaser:

The Avatar Cirque du Soleil show began it’s tour in November. You can find locations, dates, and ticketing info at the Toruk  – The First Flight website.

For those of you in the Boston area, the show will be hitting the DCU Center in Worcester, MA this Friday December 11th. Order your tickets HERE.

Hey, blue cat people in underoos dancing to some sick drum beats, and colorful stage sets and light show….like you have anything better to do on a Friday night.

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