TORUK Archive

  • TORUK Celebrates 700th Performance

    TORUK Celebrates 700th Performance

    TORUK celebrated it's 700th performance over the weekend - congratulations!

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  • TORUK Performance Disrupted After Performer “Hit in the Face”

    TORUK Performance Disrupted After Performer “Hit in the Face”

    A Cirque du Soleil performance on Thursday night (May 31) was disrupted mid-way after a performer was accidentally hit by a colleague. According to posts on social media, the show Toruk - The First Flight was stopped for about 10 minutes in the middle of the second act.

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  • TORUK Celebrates 600th Performance!

    TORUK Celebrates 600th Performance!

    On April 30th, Cirque du Soleil's Avatar themed show - TORUK-The First Flight - performed its 600th show in Sanya, China.

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  • Touring With Cirque du Soleil: Sita Bhuller

    Touring With Cirque du Soleil: Sita Bhuller

    What’s it like to be on tour with a circus show? How do people land a job working for Cirque du Soleil? What do they love and hate about being on tour and what are the challenges? TheatreArtLife caught up with some of the cast of TORUK – The First Flight to find out: SITA BHULLER: ARTIST ON TORUK

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  • Fosun gives Cirque a second shot at wooing Chinese audiences

    Fosun gives Cirque a second shot at wooing Chinese audiences

    The famous Cirque du Soleil did not exactly bring the house down the last time it attempted to woo Chinese audiences [with ZAIA]. But that was in 2012, three years before Fosun International, China’s biggest private conglomerate and one of the country’s most acquisitive firms, bought a quarter of the Canadian entertainment giant, making it the second-biggest shareholder. That deal has given Cirque du Soleil a renewed confidence in its ability to captivate Chinese spectators.

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  • Meet TORUK’s Peter Kismartoni

    Meet TORUK’s Peter Kismartoni

    Peter Kismartoni didn't want to go to the gymnastics lesson the first time his parents took him along. He was just five years old, but with two sporty parents, a sister already enrolled and a younger brother not far behind, he soon found a passion for the sport that would set him up for the extraordinary life he lives now.

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  • Meet Kailah Cabanas – TORUK Puppeteer

    Meet Kailah Cabanas – TORUK Puppeteer

    When Kailah Cabanas was watching The Muppets and Sesame Street as a child she loved it but hardly thought of it as a career opportunity. Yet here she is, at the age of 29, playing with puppets. Not just any puppets mind you. This Australian is part of the team of performers bringing together the latest Cirque du Soleil show TORUK – The First Flight.

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  • Gold Coast Bulletin Catches Up With Daniel Crispin

    Gold Coast Bulletin Catches Up With Daniel Crispin

    WHEN Daniel Crispin has time off, he spends it in Tugun taking in the sunrise on his longboard. For the most part though, he’s a high-flying circus extraordinaire, with everything from performing at Madonna’s house to a Tim Winton film on his resume. We catch up with the homegrown star of Cirque du Soleil’s new spectacle, Toruk.

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  • The Family Who Ran Off With The Circus

    The Family Who Ran Off With The Circus

    I am the general stage manager for [TORUK-The First Flight by] Cirque du Soleil. My husband, Mike, often works as a sound engineer for the circus. Back when I had just joined Cirque, our three kids were aged four, six and eight. We wanted them to have both of their parents around so off we all went — to the circus!

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  • Fabrice Lemire on Working with James Cameron

    Fabrice Lemire on Working with James Cameron

    Thirty-three years after its start in Montreal, it is now a new normal to see the colorfully acrobatic, atmospheric Cirque du Soleil and its multitude of themed productions. They occur so often, you can throw a rock and hit one. The plan, then, is to make them unique, with potential new partnerships like in the case of “Toruk: The First Flight,” which is based on the the James Cameron film “Avatar.”

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  • See TORUK’s Lydia Harper Transform into a Na’vi

    See TORUK’s Lydia Harper Transform into a Na’vi

    To promote the new Cirque du Soleil show "TORUK - The First Flight," which is based on James Cameron’s "Avatar," visitors to The Franklin Institute on Feb. 7 were treated to a surprise. Lydia Harper, a Cirque acrobat, applied her stage makeup in front of a crowd of children, museum guests and press. The demonstration was to show the transformation from human to Na’vi, who are the characters in "Avatar" that inhabit Pandora.

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  • TORUK’s Next Stops: Taiwan, Japan, Australia and New Zealand

    TORUK’s Next Stops: Taiwan, Japan, Australia and New Zealand

    In case you missed it at the end of Robin Leach's most recent article and interview with Fabrice Lemire... After Mexico, its remaining cities in the United States, and a brief vacation, the cast and crew of TORUK embark on Asia. They begin in Taiwan in June, then it’s Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

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  • It Takes a Village to Move TORUK

    It Takes a Village to Move TORUK

    Will the different plugs needed for washing machines in Australia or microwaves in Taiwan be easy to handle when Cirque's TORUK arrives after its engagement here last week? Those minute details are two of hundreds that artistic director Fabrice Lemire handles as he moves his “Toruk” cast and crew of 99 around the world.

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  • Behind-the-scenes of TORUK-The First Flight

    Behind-the-scenes of TORUK-The First Flight

    Robin Leach went behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil's TORUK-The First Flight whilst the show was in Las Vegas, speaking with Kleber Berto, previously of KA, and with Raymond O’Neill, who plays the narrator of the Toruk’s Na’vi-language story.

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  • A World too Familiar for Cirque-savvy Las Vegans?

    A World too Familiar for Cirque-savvy Las Vegans?

    When the Cirque comes to your town, it’s a pretty big deal. “Toruk — The First Flight” took in almost as much money as Paul McCartney on the road last year. But when Cirque comes to Las Vegas, its own backyard? Ehh. Depends on how busy those World of Concrete conventioneers are. And how much locals care about the “Avatar” connection.

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