Toruk – The First Flight … Cirque du Soleil Invites for a Preview

20151028_144709 was treated to a sneak preview of the show that Cirque du Soleil has created in partnership with LightStorm Entertainment, Toruk – The First Flight. A snippet of the show was performed for a press event in Bossier City, LA on October 28th.  In true Cirque fashion, the imagery, light, color and skill of the live performers combine to create a truly immersive experience. A new concept of audience participation is also being tested for this show: By downloading a companion application to their smart phones, the audience becomes a dynamic part of creating the world of Pandora in the show.

  A lot of work has gone into this performance which, we are told, was conceived even before Avatar was first released back in 2009. Flowing from the creative minds of Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon (among many others), Cirque has managed to recreate a part of Pandora with puppets, kites, acrobats, dancers and storytelling. More information and photos can be found on the forum

Cirque du Soleil Shares Another TORUK – The First Flight Video!

The folks at Cirque du Soleil have released another video for the upcoming TORUK- The First Flight show. is among the first to be able to share this fascinating look into the backstage preparation and work going into this production!


“While rehearsals of Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK – The First Flight, a live experience inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, are in full swing, artist Cumie Dunio explores the intricacies of her character, the Shaman of the Omatikaya clan. She plays a singer and a medicine woman. Watch as Cumie expresses her character’s quirky individuality through movement and song. She even tries a few words in Na’vi with composers and musical directors Bob & Bill.

Farmers Driven From Homes ‘Like Pests’ by Dam Projects – Bloomberg

Jatigede Dam

Jatigede Dam, Sept. 25, 2015

Developing nations are in the middle of the biggest dam construction program in history to generate power, irrigate fields, store water and regulate flooding.  … many are financed by Chinese banks and led by the nation’s biggest dam builder, Sinohydro Corp. China is involved in constructing some 330 dams in 74 different countries.

See this Bloomberg News Article for more.