Things to Do

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK: The First Flight

Cirque du Soleil TORUK

On Thursday, Mike and I kicked off the holiday season by visiting Rogers Place for the first time to see Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK: The First Flight! I had given away a pair of tickets earlier this month (congrats to Debbie!) and we were fortunate enough to have been invited by Bottom Line Productions to check out the show ourselves. 

TORUK: The First Flight is inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar and tells the story of the Na’vi people a thousand years before humans set foot on Pandora. There’s an impending danger to the Na’vi people and the two heroes of the story must bring together five ancient amulets to save the day.  There’s a narrator who translates the Na’vi language throughout the show, which immediately sets a different kind of tone than other Cirque shows you may have seen. 

Cirque du Soleil TORUK
Photo: Jesse Faatz Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

I’d describe TORUK as the most “billowy” performance I’ve been to. The set billows, the costumes billow, the props billow. I tweeted that it was a billowy beauty (and I stand by that super insightful description lol) but really, TORUK is a feast for your eyes – colourful, vibrant, and gorgeous with some incredible acrobatics (that make you think ‘holy, how are they moving their bodies like that?!’), but perhaps less acrobatics and stunts than other Cirque shows. 

The set is massive – stunning, and ever-changing with projections. It’s the ocean, then it’s a tropical forest, a volcano, the sky.There’s large, life-size animals (puppets) that move across the stage, and watch for the plants and flowers that pop up from the ground (reminded me a bit of whack-a-mole).

There’s a lot of rope acrobatics and aerial silk – which don’t get me wrong, is an incredible feat, but after awhile maybe felt less exhilarating. (Perhaps suffering from the ‘Marvel Effect,’ what I’ve named when every Marvel movie is so damn good that later movies start being less impressive because the standard for all is set so high). 

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

Overall, if I put TORUK to my ‘Cirque test’ – which is simply, “did I leave feeling in awe?” then yes, I did walk away with that feeling – just so impressed with what the human body can do (and what I can’t lol), feeling a bit of a sensory overload (so many colours, so much energy!) It wasn’t Mike’s favourite Cirque show (not as intense a storyline, not as much acrobatics), but it was still a great night out, totally entertaining, and a wonderful opportunity to check out the new downtown arena. 

TORUK: The First Flight is in Edmonton until Dec. 26. It would be a great holiday outing for your family! 

Buy tickets to TORUK here.

Linda

Follow lindork on Instagram

Follow @lindorkyeg on Snapchat!

Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog. I received complimentary tickets to watch TORUK: The First Flight. This does not affect the opinions stated in this post. (I wouldn’t say I liked it if it didn’t!)

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

Previous Post
December 23, 2016
Next Post
December 23, 2016

Comments are closed.

Instagram

  • Mmm! 😍😍 I loved the "Birthday Cake" rolled ice cream at @sweettoothyyc!! 🍦 Vanilla bean ice cream with golden oreos, confetti sprinkles, raspberry sauce, whipped cream, raspberry drizzle, toasted hazelnuts and almonds, and strawberry Pocky! 🙌🏻 First time trying rolled ice cream and was delighted. @mikethyking got the "Monkey Business" banana butterscotch one. Also 💯🍌.
#never2sweet #sweettoothyyc
  • Crushed ducks 🦆 last night, and the @edmontonoilers did the same! 🙌🏻😁 #LetsGoOilers Had a fantastic dinner at @oxbow_yyc @kri_calgary with @mikethyking, @kathytrinhle & @big_mitchy16! The #tasteab beef striploin and Chinook salmon were also excellent. 🙏🏻 Thanks for a great meal @janohansen & @sideofpork! 
We're in Calgary for the #CalgaryExpo!
  • 🙂😜 #WakeMeWhenImFamous
  • Guys, I'm celebrating the @edmontonoilers the best way I know how: by eating! 🍽 Over on the blog (link in bio), I've got a list of Where to Eat Duck in Edmonton (since its Duck Hunting Season! 🦆) It's just an early starting list so if you know other #yegfood reataurants serving up duck, please let me know and I'll add! #LetsGoOilers #CrushTheDucks
📸 photo credit: @xix19 (duck wings!)
  • I'm obsessed with the lights💡 at the Full House Lottery dream homes. 😭😭😭❤️❤️❤️ SO GORGEOUS! I'm having a blast working on the @FHLottery campaign this year - if you haven't had a chance to check out the homes - they're open 7 days a week for viewing in #Windermere. Go now! 💰 from your #FHlottery ticket goes to support 1.6 #Alberta patients at @rahfoundation & @givetoUHF AND you get a chance to win from more than $5.1 million in prizes including these beautiful homes, a #yegdt Edmonton condo, trips, vehicles and more! 🙏🏻
  • Easily one of my new favourite salads - the Roasted Beet & Greek Yogurt salad from @crashlandhere! 😍✔️✔️
Enter to win a $50 gift card to Crash Hotel Lobby Bar by tagging a friend in the comments below! 
Additional entries, more #foodporn and a review of #CrashHotel over on my blog! (link in bio)
  • The snow's not all bad! ❄️
  • The best volunteer gigs are ones that involve eating delicious food... 😍 Congrats to @WoodWorkYEG @chef_porter for winning Judge's Choice at the Mount Royal School @TheCulinaryArtsCookOff fundraiser! The winning dish was this Israeli pesto couscous with duck fat, sage, honey balsamic & cheese. 🙏🏻 Kids Choice (and also my 2nd pick) was a butter bacon chicken fat soaked pasta from @shanemedericchartrand! (Perhaps all things could be soaked in butter bacon chicken fat? 😍🤔 lol) Proceeds from this annual cook off and silent auction go to support the school! A very tasty and important cause I'm lucky to have been a guest judge for. ☺️
  • 🍋🍋🍋 * G I V E A W A Y ! ! * 🍋🍋🍋
Ever try a #Tupperware Meal Prep Party? You & friends get together and prep ingredients for 5 meals (that feed 2-4 people per meal) and you take home the meals in a bunch of Tupperware! 👌🏻 I went to my first Tupperware Meal Prep Party last week with consultant @mbootsie17 and have a recap up on my blog (link in bio)! ☺️ I'm also giving away a free Meal Prep Party pass (valued at $125+ GST).
To enter, just tag a friend who you'd meal prep party with in the comments! Get more entries on my blog 👉🏻 www.linda-hoang.com
Note: You must live in the Edmonton area to win!
  • Finally tried @callemexicorestaurant and don't know why it took me so long! 🌮 Delicious beef nachos (excellent crisp factor lol), al pastor pork tacos with pineapple, and green enchiladas! Yum. Thanks for the lunch date @nicopringo.
  • And another long weekend comes to an end! Hope you had a great one. 💛 We spent time with family and friends, slept-in, binge-watched Netflix, long-walked the dogs, celebrated Thor's 6th birthday and celebrated @mikethyking's birthday at @TheRecRoomCA! 🤗
This is their tasty wood-grilled pork chop with pickled mustard, whipped potatoes and braised red cabbage. I also had their lemon-fried calamari which was delicious!
  • #SixYearsOfThor!! 🎂✨

LINDORK