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Cirque du Soleil Returns to Manila With 'Avatar'-Themed Production

It's the fictional world of Pandora as you've never seen it before.
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The memories that accompany any Cirque du Soleil performance are always filled with awe and glee. This time the beguiling world that makes up the world's largest theatrical production group fuses itself with another world equally as fantastic—that of Pandora from the James Cameron hit Avatar. A Na’vi storyteller narrates the show Toruk – The First Flight and the adventures that await the leading characters. Here are a few mind-blowing facts about the tour:

Cirque du Soleil will never disappoint.

Toruk – The First Flight is Cirque’s 37th production since 1984. It’s brought wonder and delight to almost 155 million spectators throughout the years, touring more than 300 cities on six continents. Its 1,300 performing artists are a diverse mix of talents, coming from close to 50 different countries.


The production is set to dazzle audiences.

In a fictional world as colorful as Pandora, cutting-edge visuals breathe life into it. The production fuses puppetry, acrobatic acts, and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score. It bears the signature immersive experience directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon are known for.

The plot draws you in.
Toruk takes place before any humans have ever set foot in Pandora. 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. Once they learn that Toruk, the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky, can help them save the Tree of Souls, they journey to find him up in the Floating Mountains.


It received glowing reviews from James Cameron himself.
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,” says Cameron, director and writer of Avatar. “It makes you feel alive to watch these performers!”


Toruk - The First Flight will be staged at the Mall of Asia Arena from June 23 to July 2, 2017. Globe Platinum customers get a 20 percent discount on the first three shows. And as a special treat, all other Globe customers get a 15 percent discount. Tickets are now on sale at and

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Hannah Lazatin
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