After a four year run, Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk will be retired. I am so grateful we had the opportunity to see this masterpiece.
We’re no longer on Earth
Inspired by James Cameron’s 2009 movie Avatar, Toruk transports its guests to the faraway forest land of Pandora. Where tribes of blue beings fight for nature and talk to their ancestors in trees.
The narrative follows three young naive Na’vi clan members seeking help to save the precious Tree of Souls. The Omaticaya tribe is the focus of Avatar while Toruk introduces us to other tribes that call Pandora their home.
Cirque du Soleil have a reputation for putting on spectacular displays. Toruk‘s aesthetic can only be described as breathtaking. Like other performances by the company, the level of detail is incomprehensible. I think you could watch the show multiple times and still experience something new.
Sets, costumes and makeup are so intricately designed, along with state of the art special effects. I was transported to a different world.
Talent like no other
Cirque du Soleil’s performers are amazing acrobats, but what was also impressive is the way they embodied the characteristics of the Na’vi species. Interestingly, their unique ability to replicate non-human movement was evident when we went to see Totem, earlier this year. It is so graceful and convincing that I felt like it outshone the acrobatics involved in the performance.
Notably, the other stars of this show were the dark, shadowy puppeteers (complete with signature Na’vi tails). They orchestrated the movements of the creatures of Pandora; a harrowing pack of Viperwolves and the flying legend the show is named after: Toruk.
Note that all aspects of the company’s magnificent shows performed in house, including all audio features. The quality of the sound reflects this. Textured lighting effects and a custom built stage complete with self-sprouting plants provide a technically advanced backdrop.
Suitable for the whole Family
Cirque du Soleil shows are so versatile. I would recommend them for both adults and children, although they be a little dark for very young children. Mesmerised, Noah watched the performance in awe. With the characters speaking the native Na’vi tongue, it was sometimes difficult for me to follow. I think this left it perfectly open to interpretation by youngsters with overactive imaginations. Overall, the message of the story is one of courage and perseverance, sure to inspire little ones who watch.
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