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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Toruk — The First Flight’ Wows Denver

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Confessions are good for the soul. Here’s one of mine: I’ve never seen the highest grossing movie of all time, Avatar. What I know about it can be summed up in a few words, including “blue”, “space”, and “sea monkeys”. James Cameron, who created the colorful, mystical world of Pandora in Avatar has given his blessing to the ever-innovative artists at Cirque du Soleil. They interpret it as only they can—with stunning effects, daring feats, and gorgeous costuming. While it’s not a retelling of Avatar, it is inspired by Cameron’s vision.

Toruk — The First Flight follows two boys as they set off on a quest to save their world. Along the way, they must collect five important artifacts from other tribes who aren’t necessarily friendly. In true Cirque du Soleil fashion, this journey bursts with opportunities for the skilled performers to delve into inventive and amazing acrobatics. If you’ve seen other Cirque shows, you might think you have an idea what to expect.

You don’t. While Cirque’s unique flair for the whimsical and bizarre are present, they’ve taken visual artistry to a new level of enchantment. Special effects and set design shine as bright as the talented cast, weaving a dreamlike world that gets more beautiful as the show progresses. Beasts prowl, birds fly, and flowers bloom in smooth, lovely synchronicity.

Toruk — The First Flight has landed in Denver for a few very special shows at the Pepsi Center for this weekend only. Showtimes include matinees, which is a great way to take kids to their first Cirque du Soleil show. Get them hooked on the spectacle! This is a circus you won’t mind them running away to join. Everyone involved in a Cirque du Soleil production has talent up to their eyeballs. It’s a can’t-miss, family friendly experience. It will be one of Summer 2016’s highlights. Give your kids an experience that will make a stellar “what I did this summer” essay.

Hurry! Toruk — The First Flight is only in Denver this weekend. There are two shows on Friday, July 22nd; two on Saturday, July 23rd; two on Sunday, July 24th. For more information about Toruk, other Cirque du Soleil productions, or to purchase these coveted tickets, visit their website.

(Pro tip: If you go, be sure to download the app. During the show, you’ll be called upon to help enhance the special effects!)

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

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  • comment avatar Amber Johnson July 22, 2016

    OHMYGOSH, this looks amazing! I’ve seen many Cirque productions and it never disappoints.

  • comment avatar Carrie Meurer July 23, 2016

    Saw it today. It was NOTHING compared to Kurios. Big disappointment – though, the set was amazing.