The new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight, will be presented at the BB&T Center in Sunrise on March 3-6, 2016 and at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on March 10-13, 2016 with costumes designed by extraordinary designer and all around Geek Goddess, Kym Barrett.
Barrett’s is, perhaps, best known for her collaboration with the Wachowskis, which included work on the three Matrix films and Speed Racer. While much of her work is in the Science Fiction and Fantasy realm, she has a full roster of credits that show her to be a versatile and talented presence in the Costume Design community. In addition to TORUK – The First Flight, Ms. Barrett has also designed the costumes for Cirque Du Soleil’s TOTEM.
Since this show references an already existing costume universe, that of James Cameron’s Avatar world, Pandora, albeit 3,000 years before the action in the film, there were some unique challenges for the costume design. Essentially, the costume designer had to reverse engineer from the time of Avatar to the time of TORUK while still being true to the original vision of the world of the Na’vi. How would these people and their society have dressed at the time of the first flight? What would textiles and fibers be like on this planet? What were the available fibers and the technologies to create fabric? How would Na’vi culture approach dress both ceremonially and in everyday life? And, perhaps, most interestingly, how would the tall thin animated creatures that are the Na’vi be portrayed by the muscular, and, often, not-so-tall acrobats and athletes that comprise a Cirque Du Soleil cast?
All these costume questions and more will be answered in the next few weeks at the BB&T Center and then the American Airlines Arena as Cirque Du Soleil’s, TORUK – The First Flight arrives with 115 costumes, an average of 3.3 costumes per artist.
All told, for this “immersive multimedia spectacle” the costume department produced more than 1,000 items, including shoes, headpieces and necklaces.
TORUK – The First Flight will be presented at the BB&T Center on March 3-6 and at the American Airlines Arena on March 10-13, 2016. Tickets for those performances can be purchased at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/toruk.
Sponsors and partners
TORUK – The First Flight is presented by Visa Signature®. Xerox, DHL, and ACTIVEON Action Camera are the official sponsors. The show is being createdthrough a licensing arrangement with 20th Century Fox.
Cirque du Soleil
TORUK – The First Flight is Cirque du Soleil’s 37th production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque duSoleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.
For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com.
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