Art & Culture

Cirque Du Soleil Is Bringing A Spectacular Avatar-Inspired Show To Manchester Arena

By Laura O'Neill

Prepare to be wowed by TORUK – Cirque du Soleil’s incredible Avatar-inspired show.

TORUK will be making its UK debut in June, heading first to Manchester Arena from June 20-23, before stopping off at London’s O2 Arena from June 26-30.

Photo: Jesse Faatz Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie Avatar, Cirque du Soleil’s unique show tells a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events in the film. When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omatikaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk (AKA. Great Leonopteryx) can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out with their newfound friend Tsyal on a quest.

Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil

The show has had creative input from Cameron himself, as well as experts from Avatar’s production. Not only will the performers amaze you with their acrobatic skill, but the visual effects are pretty cool too. The world of Pandora will be recreated with impressive projections, massive set-pieces and the largest collection of puppetry in Cirque du Soleil history.

Photo: Jesse Faatz Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

James Cameron says of the show:


“AVATAR is really meant to be a celebration of human motion and human emotion and Cirque is able to capture that absolutely perfectly, because it’s all about human performance and physicality.  It makes you feel alive to watch these performers.” 

Header Photo: Jesse Faatz Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

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