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Cirque du Soleil presents 'Toruk - The First Flight'

Show inspired by 'Avatar' coming to Portland for limited run

PHOTO: YOUSSEF SHOUFAN COSTUMES: KYM BARRETT  © 2015 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - The production is inspired by James Camerons Avatar, and will transport audiences to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting.The new Cirque du Soleil touring show “Toruk - the First Flight” will be presented at Moda Center in Portland Dec. 7-11.

The show is inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie “Avatar,” and transports audiences to the world of Pandora. With visuals, puppetry and stagecraft and a cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique style to Cameron’s imaginary world.

This world also is brought to life by directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. The show is something of a nod to Pandora’s occupants, the Na’vi, a race of blue creates who experience a symbiotic coexistence with nature.

Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller,” and populated by lots of characters, “Toruk - The First Flight” is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film “Avatar,” and before any humans set foot on Pandora.

PHOTO: ERRISSON LAWRENCE COSTUMES: KYM BARRETT  © 2015 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - 'Toruk - The First Flight' is Cirque du Soleil's latest production and will perform Dec. 7-11 at Moda Center in Portland.Here’s how Cirque du Soleil describes it: “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. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.”

For tickets and showtimes, visit ticketmaster.com/toruk-the-first-flight-portland-oregon. To increase audience involvement, Cirque de Soleil has launched an app that makes attendees part of the action before, during and after the performance. The app can be downloaded from iTunes: http://tinyurl.com/Toruk-First-Flight.

— The Review, Tidings