TORUK – The First Flight Presented by Cirque du Soleil at BMO Harris Bradley Center September 22-25

The new Cirque du Soleil tour show inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR 

MILWAUKEE (MAY 16, 2016) – The BMO Harris Bradley Center (BMOHBC) today announced that the new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, TORUK –  The First Flight, will be presented at BMO Harris Bradley Center from September 22-25, as part of a global tour in arenas around the world. The show is presented by Visa Signature® in association with U.S. Bank® and U.S. Bank® FlexPerks®.  It adds yet another major event for the Center’s already star-studded 29th season, which includes KISS (Aug. 8, 2016), Maroon 5 (Oct. 1, 2016), Carrie Underwood (Oct. 5, 2016), 2016 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions (Oct. 14, 2016), and Keith Urban (Nov. 4, 2016). 

The show

Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery, and possibility.

Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.

This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.

Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable 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 ever set foot on 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. 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.

Creative team

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       


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



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Ticket information

TORUK – The First Flight will be presented at BMO Harris Bradley Center, September 22-25, 2016. Tickets for those performances will be on pre-sale for Cirque Club members beginning today, May 16, at 10:00am. Public on-sale will start May 20 at 10:00am. Tickets can be purchased at

Sponsors and partners

TORUK – The First Flight is presented by Visa Signature® in association with U.S. Bank® and U.S. Bank® FlexPerks®.  DHL and ACTIVEON Action Camera are the official sponsors. The show is being created through a licensing arrangement with 20th Century Fox.

In an effort to bring audience members involvement to a whole new level, Cirque du Soleil will be launching a first-of-its-kind app for TORUK – The First Flight.  Working with long-time technology partner SAP, the app will enhance the overall show experience and enable audience members to be a part of the action before, during and after the performance! The app can be downloaded from here:

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 Cirque du Soleil

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.


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