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Cirque du Soleil launches 'Toruk,' an 'Avatar' prequel

Cirque du Soleil has a new touring show, "Toruk — The First Flight."

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Cirque du Soleil has a new touring show, "Toruk — The First Flight."



TAMPA — Imagine a mythical land far away, populated by exotic beings who move gracefully and can in magical things with their bodies.

Sounds like Cirque du Soleil, right?

Yet while Cirque may like mystical and subterranean worlds (see Varekai, the most recent tour), the level of originality guarantees you haven't seen this before. The latest creation is Toruk — The First Flight, a prequel to the James Cameron film Avatar, and it's coming to the Amalie Arena in March 2016.

Set in the land of Pandora thousands of years before actual humans arrived, Toruk narrates a heroic journey of two teenage male creatures, Ralu and Entu. Along with their newfound friend Tysal, they must climb the Floating Mountains to confront a mighty red and orange predator in order to save the Tree of Souls.

As always, this show promises lavish visual imagery and costumes, puppetry and acrobatics you won't find anywhere else. Toruk will be presented at the Amalie Arena March 17-20. Tickets are on sale starting today for Cirque Club members. They will be available to the public starting Nov. 13. Visit

[Last modified: Thursday, November 5, 2015 12:22pm]


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