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Cirque Du Soleil: Toruk Takes Flight in Manila

Posted by on 26. June 2017

If you love the movie Avatar, you’ll even love Cirque Du Soleil. You’ll get to learn about the Mythology of Pandora and be impressed by acrobatic display and overall story of the lives of the Na’Vi and the quest for the Toruk’s First Flight.  It’s available at the SM MOA Arena from June 23 – July 2, 2017.

Cirque Du Soleil

Avatar was one blockbuster film years back. Toruk is a prequel and a more detailed view of the world of Pandora.  At first, you just get to see a blank canvass in the MOA arena but once the show starts the world of Pandora unfolds right in front of your eyes.  The performers make the acrobatic display seem like a piece of cake all in the guise of telling the story of the different tribes of the Na’Vi. The show seamlessly evolve from one part of the story to another with an impressive display of acrobatic, puppetry, effects, songs and dance.  There was also a mobile app that have interactive feature that gave the audience a better feel of the show.

I was lucky enough to be a part of the premiere night of Toruk, the First Flight, last June 23, 2017, 8 pm at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.   It’s my first time to watch a Cirque Du Soleil show so I’m not speaking as an expert in the field but just part of the regular audience who was awed by the visual displays and overall entertainment.  I also won’t be spoiling any part of the story as I would highly recommend you to witness the show live and be entertained.

You really need to watch the show intently to appreciate the story line.  Just watch the show and it would feel that you’re in the Pandora watching the quest and seeing the different tribes.  Each tribe had a distinct feature and seeing each tribe gives you a wider perspective compared to the Avatar movie.  Toruk is a prequel to the movie and shows how much bigger Pandora is compared to the movie.

There were puppetry and costumed animals involved as part of the story and it was just fun to watch.  It was great to see the MOA arena transform from one scene to another.  Among my favorite when the Arena transformed into an ocean and it did feel like one too.  There was also a part where the side of the stage transformed into a cliff in the rains with landslide while the Na’vi struggled to climb as part of the story.  Every scene is just amazing as it can transform in an instant as part of the story.

The story, scenes and the entertainment just evolved seamlessly in front of you.  The mobile app also became a part of the effect as it had some light effects and color shifts to highlight some of the scenes.  The songs and the dances were critical part of the story and gave Toruk so many aspect to appreciate. There was the acrobatics, to the effects, the performance and the music.

The show had an interlude in between to setup Act 2 and also to fully absorb the first part.  Act 2 gets even better as the storied quest reaches a climax heading to the end of the story.  At this time, you’d be glued to the show already and you start rooting for the characters in the hopes that they eventually fulfill their quest.  You can feel the struggle and the shift in the moods and in the end, we get to see a satisfying but bitter-sweet conclusion.   Hats off to the cast, who also got their tremendous amount of applause and appreciation on their final presentation.

Get to learn to speak like a Na'Vi.

Get to learn to speak like a Na’Vi.

You can also get to learn a portion of their language in the poster above.  You still have a few days to catch a rare chance to explore the Pandora via Toruk, The First Flight since it’s still showing from June 23 to July 2, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.  It’s an experience that you have to personally witness so catch it while it’s in town.

zola’u niprrte!!!

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