Cirque du Soleil’s latest touring show inspired from James Cameron’s blockbuster hit Avatar entitled Toruk — The First Flight, had indeed made its initial flight here in Manila last night (Friday , 23 June 2017) at Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City. The show is a true visual feast; it has a moving choreography and one of the most creative sets I’ve seen.
From my seat, the stage was really mesmerizing which I think is an important component of any show. The floor, which took almost 3/4 of the arena’s surface area, had different levels that created a detailed 3D environment. On top hangs a ring-shaped rig made to look like intertwined branches, and at the back of the performance area was a huge screen wall and tree trunk structures. Different visuals projected onto the floor and back wall, creating entirely new settings for the story to journey through. From the stony caverns, to the neon-floral forests, to floating rocks, dynamic rivers, waterfalls, and oceans no two scenes felt the same despite the same basic stage structure. Cirque never failed to immerse their guests to the Na’vis world.
The tree trunks at the back opened and closed in massive preset movements and the large ring at the front above head would shape-shift as well, it sometimes carry some vines, and transforms itself to a new set piece in every scene. The different puppets used are also impressive, the flying birds, the giant Austrapedes, the running scary beasts, and the roaring monsters all adding a feel to the temporary Pandora. A great touch was the greenery that would pop up from trap doors around the main circular stage — these details showed the how keen attention paid to the intricacy of the set design. From up close, all of the visuals were really striking.
Another thing that did pay to be close to the stage for were the actors, gymnasts, acrobats and the puppeteers. . If the intricate detail of the set was impressive, the minute the movements and costuming of each performer was astounding. The Na’vi actors, dressed in tight blue costumes (which accentuated their muscles and super hot hot body!) each looked unique and distinct from one another, and moved in ways that made you forget they were human ( but elements of desire! Hahahahaha! Kidding! )— when they crawl, leap, flip, and even climb around the set. The different characters and clans were marked with individual hair styles, clothing/ accessories, and behaviors.
They even launched its first-of-its-kind app Cirque du Soleil app for TORUK- The First Flight that enhance the overall show experience and enable users who has the app to be part of the show before, during, and after the performance.
So what are you waiting for? Invite everyone to see this amazing show! Sulit na Sulit Men! Get your ticket now through www.smtickets.com or www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk. Ticket price ranges from Php 1,500 to Php 7,368. Show is from June 23 – July 2.