With the wild success of James Cameron’s Avatar in 2009 (it was the first film to ever break the $2 billion mark), it’s no surprise that 20th Century Fox was quick to ink a deal for follow-up films. While the first sequel will not hit theaters until 2018, Cirque du Soleil launched a touring production, Toruk: The First Flight, one year ago that has been so popular it has consistently sold out arenas.
Toruk transports guests to the naturalist, moon paradise of Pandora thousands of years prior to the events of Avatar. Without giving too much away, the acrobatic Na’vi race must work to save their Trees of Souls from a natural disaster in a compelling, plot-driven two-hour performance.
“This is the first time a film has inspired a Cirque du Soleil show. James Cameron and Cirque have had a relationship for a long time, and he has referenced that some of the Na’vi movement was inspired by the way Cirque acrobats move,” says Cirque du Soleil spokesperson Laura Silverman. “Being that Avatar was such a popular and groundbreaking film, Cirque approached Cameron shortly after the film came out about working together [to] bring the world of Pandora to a live setting.”
And this week, even with seven resident shows already playing on the Las Vegas Strip, the Na’vi have deigned to visit our market, bringing the touring production to T-Mobile Arena. Should you wish to experience Cirque’s first film-based spectacle, you need to act fast—the buzz has been big among the film’s faithful.