Cirque du Soleil's Toruk Flies High at the Barclays Center Today

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NY fans of the Canada-based troupe have three shows to choose from this fall.
<i>TORUK – The First Flight</i>
TORUK – The First Flight Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

New York Cirque du Soleil fans have no less than three of the Canada-based circus’ shows to choose from this fall.

In addition to the Broadway musical-style Paramour at the Lyric Theatre, Cirque brings the Avatar-based show Toruk— The First Flight to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, September 7-11 and at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, September 16-18 as part of a global tour that began last fall.

Paramour and Toruk will be joined by Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities at the big top on Randall’s Island, NY, September 29-October 30.

Here is a trailer from Toruk:

Based on characters and places in the film Avatar, Toruk—The First Flight is described thus: “When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya 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.”

The show was created under the guidance of Guy Laliberté, Jean-François Bouchard, James Cameron, Jon Landau, Kathy Franklin and Richie Baneham.

Toruk — The First Flight was written by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, who also serve as directors. Neilson Vignola is director of creation. The show features set and props design by Carl Fillion, costume and makeup design by Kym Barrett, choreography by Tuan Le and Tan Loc, music and music direction by Bob & Bill, sound design by Jacques Boucher, lighting design by Alain Lortie, puppet design by Patrick Martel, acrobatic performance design by Germain Guillemot and rigging and acrobatic equipment design by Pierre Masse.

For more information on Toruk— The First Flight or to purchase tickets, click here.

Here is a trailer from Kurios:

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities is described in production notes as “a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the 19th century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed. The name of the show refers to the humble and strange characters that inhabit the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

“In his larger-than-life curio cabinet, the Seeker is convinced that there exists a hidden, invisible world—a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. A collection of otherworldly characters suddenly steps into his makeshift mechanical world. When the outlandish, benevolent characters turn his world upside down with a touch of poetry and humor in an attempt to ignite the Seeker’s imagination, his curios jump to life one by one before his very eyes.”

Tickets and performance schedule for Kurios—Cabinet of Curiosities are available at cirquedusoleil/com/Kurios.

Paramour, a Cirque du Soleil musical, debuted on Broadway this May and is playing at the Lyric Theatre. For tickets and information, visit

Here are highlights from Paramour:

(Updated September 7, 2016)

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