I remember when James Cameron’s Avatar hit theaters in 2009 and, not at first taken by the hype, I chose to forgo seeing it in theaters and waited for home video/viewing instead. Boy was I in for a shock! Why didn’t I see one of the most breathtaking and visually stunning films in this generation in 3 or 4D like everyone else?! Promptly feeling like the late knucklehead that I was, it goes without saying that I’ve regretted that decision ever since I sat at home – thoroughly enjoying my journey through Pandora with a fictional people called the Na’vi. And last night, I got to continue that enjoyment with Cirque Du Soleil’s latest creation TORUK: The First Flight, now playing in Philadelphia at the Wells Fargo Center.
“Toruk” tells a story inspired by Cameron’s “Avatar” that predates the film by thousands of years. It follows protagonists Entu (Guillaume Paquin) and Ralu (Jeremiah Hughes), as they travel on a quest to locate the great and mystic Toruk and save the Na’vi, and all that they cherish, from harm.
With a super talented ensemble, composed of performers from all parts of the globe, the audience was treated to captivating choreography and dynamic physical feats, complemented with amazing stagecraft and a beautiful score. And to add to the uniqueness of the show, the audience was able to interact with the production before, during, and after the performance with a first of its kind SAP application (downloadable at iTunes here).
In short, TORUK: The First Flight is worth seeing up close, and something the entire family can look forward to enjoying. Click here to get info about performances at the Wells Fargo Center through March 12 (tickets start at just $30); and get additional information, including full schedule and tickets, at www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk.
Until next thought, Thomasena
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