Brooklyn | 2h 20m | Already closed

Toruk - The First Flight

From 5 critic and 10 member reviews
Members say: Disappointing, Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining, Great staging

About the show

Inspired by James Cameron's sci-fi film 'Avatar,' Cirque du Soleil's new extravaganza transports you to the world of Pandora in a stunning live visual setting. More…

A hybrid of circus and physical theater, 'Toruk' is a newly written fable set in the 'Avatar' universe. Experience a storytelling odyssey through an eye-popping world of imagination and discovery, as immersive projections, puppets, and acrobats, aerialists, and other circus artists bring this alien culture to the stage.

2h 20m | Already closed | Barclays Center (Brooklyn)

Times Square Chronicles

"So stunning that you forget the story here is lackluster...The show is highly ADD and it is hard to tell where to look...In this land lava flows, and waterfalls, rivers, oceans, deserts, floating mountains and other majestic forces of nature made though vivid projections appear to dazzle. 40 video projectors consume a 20,000-square-foot surface to immerse you into this world. Percussion in the air is impressive. The music is at times glorious led by the soaring singing of a Shaman." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"'Toruk' plays out like an epic children’s fantasy story complete with energetic acrobatics, mind-blowing contortionists, soaring aerialists, and jaw-dropping puppetry...The entire team of 'Toruk' has done an amazing job putting it together...The set is nothing short of magical...The storyline is very accessible to children. In fact, adults may find it a little too juvenile. However, the imagery is enough to sustain even the most seasoned theatergoer." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Cirque du Soleil brings a story of human potential to the stage. While the Cirque productions always feature stunning acrobatics, 'Toruk' also provides narrative thread...The music, lights, and ingenuity of design – all present onstage – lead to better questions...Though 'Toruk' is mostly spectacle and not a larger ethics debate, Cirque du Soleil doesn’t fail to raise important questions about the interconnectedness of all living things...It’s impressive." Full Review


“Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Toruk – The First Flight’ is an unusual spectacle. On the one hand, the visuals are breathtaking and awesome in their technological capabilities. On the other, the show is both predictable and remote in the huge scale of the set and staging. However, devotees of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ will enjoy the chance to see Pandora live and the show does have memorably spellbinding moments which will stay in the imagination long after the event is over.” Full Review

Broadway Blog

"Big in every sense of the word, but bigger isn’t always better. Where 'Toruk' succeeds is in its epic spectacle...It’s hard to focus the action...The dozens of blue unitards and face paint quickly blend together and all hope is lost of identifying one contorting gymnast from another...If you’re a fantasy fanatic and want to see one of the company’s biggest and boldest endeavors to date, you may want to climb on board." Full Review

Exquisite, Great staging, Delightful, Beatiful, Eye-catching

See it if You want to see the moon Pandora come to life and a return to the world of Avatar. I've never seen another show with such exquisite artistry

Don't see it if You're looking for the usual death-defying and mind-boggling stunts most cirque shows have. Toruk focused more on visual arts than physical.

Entertaining, Great staging, Masterful, Enchanting, Epic

See it if you want to see an amazing stage production. The effects are awesome, but this lacked some of the amazing cirque performances.

Don't see it if you want a true cirque show with amazing performances. I would recommend everyone seeing it just for the stage! Story line was boring.

Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like Cirque du Soleil

Don't see it if you cannot suspend belief.

Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious

See it if Want to see as many Cirque shows as you can even if it's one of the worst. Like big spectacle, but it's more childish so if you have kids.

Don't see it if You want more than a few circus acts, don't want to bored as the show plods along and don't care about cheap spectacle and puppets.

Also This is more a childish adventure spectacle show with choreography and... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Poor writing

See it if you worship anything Avatar no matter how poor the writing is or how boring and repetitive a show can be.

Don't see it if you're expecting a true Cirque du Soleil experience with circus acts.

Disappointing, Slow, Boring, Pretty, Uninspired

See it if you love pretty colors and gorgeous sets. If you love Cirque shows, there are a handful of impressive acrobatics, but not much.

Don't see it if you're expecting a fantastic Cirque show with an Avatar related story. It has nothing to do with either. No clue what they were thinking.

Disappointing, Dated, Slow

See it if You don't mind throwing money away to see some pretty sets and costumes. You're not looking for amazing acrobatics.

Don't see it if You like cirque di soliel or Avatar. Much better acrobatics in their other shows and the story was boring.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Exquisite

See it if You love fantasy, aerial gymnastics, and special effects.

Don't see it if Not applicable. Everyone would love this.

Ambitious, Slow, Enchanting, Disappointing, Epic

See it if You love Avatar and need more.

Don't see it if You are not an Avatar superfan. It was slow and kind of boring at times.

Confusing, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if You don't like acrobatics and your into visuals

Don't see it if You want to see what Cirque du Soleil is really about, awesome acrobatics.

Cast & Creatives (10)