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Cirque Du Soleil’s ‘TORUK – The First Flight’ coming to Edmonton

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WATCH ABOVE: Cirque Du Soleil has joined creative forces James Cameron to bring their latest show "TORUK – The First Flight" to life. The show rolls into Edmonton next month, so Acrobat Jessica Ward and publicist Laura Silverman joined Global News Morning with a preview of Avatar-inspired performance. – Nov 29, 2016

Cirque du Soleil’s new touring show is coming to Edmonton’s new downtown arena this winter.

“TORUK – The First Flight,” inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, will take over Rogers Place from December 22 to 26, as part of a global tour in arenas around the world. Seven shows will take place over five days, including Christmas Day.

The story 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.

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The word Toruk, in the Na’vi language, refers to the great leonopteryx, the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky, according to a Cirque news release.

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“Central in Na’vi lore and culture, this fascinating creature is crucial to the Na’vi clans’ sense of destiny and interconnectedness – and is about to be ridden for the very first time by a Na’vi,” the release said.

The Cirque show joins a list of acts already announced for Rogers Place, including Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Drake and Kanye West.

“Part of our booking strategy is diversity. We want something for everyone,” Sheena Way, Assistant GM of live entertainment at Rogers Place told Global News Morning Tuesday.

“We have a lot of country this year. We have a lot of great hip hop and pop, and now we’re doing a family show.”

Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show.
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show. Credit: Errisson Lawrence
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show.
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show. Credit: Errisson Lawrence
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show.
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show. Credit: Errisson Lawrence
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show.
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show. Credit: Errisson Lawrence
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show.
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show. Credit: Errisson Lawrence
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show.
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show. Credit: Errisson Lawrence
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Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show.
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show. Credit: Errisson Lawrence
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show.
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show. Credit: Errisson Lawrence
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show.
Promotional photo from Cirque Du Soleil's "Toruk - The First Flight" show. Credit: Errisson Lawrence

Pre-sale tickets for Cirque Club members go on sale Tuesday, while ticket to the general public will be available starting Friday, September 9.

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