Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Tickets for additional matinee performances of Cirque du Soleil’s touring show TORUK – The First Flight have gone on sale.

The First Flight makes its UK debut at the Manchester Arena from 20th-23rd June 2019 before heading to London’s O2 Arena for five days.

Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight will transport you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting.

Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

Photo: Jesse Faatz

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 can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and captures the imagination through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score.

Photo Credit: Jesse Faatz

From the Floating Mountains and the Omatikaya Hometree, to the Anurai’s animal sanctuary and the lush jungles where the Tawkami live, video projections immerse the audience in the breathtaking world of Pandora.

The live immersive experience bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon.

With creative input from James Cameron and experts from the movie’s production, TORUK – The First Flight promises to be unlike any other Cirque du Soleil experience.

The show is a visual effects spectacular where the world of Pandora is depicted through impressive multimedia projections, massive set-pieces and the largest collection of puppetry in Cirque du Soleil history creating a narrative driven official prequel to AVATAR.

“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,” said James Cameron. “It makes you feel alive to watch these performers.”

The newly added performances will take place at the Manchester Arena on 22nd June at 4pm and 23rd June at 1pm and tickets are on sale now. Prices start at £40.

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