(UPDATED 2/16/2020) Description and review of Cirque du Soleil’s performance of Toruk: The First Flight, at the Golden 1 Center in Downtown Sacramento.
A friend and I recently attended Cirque du Soleil’s Toruk: The First Flight at the Golden 1 Center (aka the Sacramento Kings arena). The new Golden 1 Center is state-of-the-art, and provides Sacramento with another opportunity to secure top-level entertainment.
See related blog post: Golden 1 Center Open House.
This was my first time attending a Cirque du Soleil performance. My companion had attended at least a dozen Cirque du Soleil performances, many of them in Las Vegas. Both of us were looking forward to what we later agreed was an amazing evening.
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Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil was formed in the 1980’s by a group of Canadian street artists. It reportedly is the largest theatrical producer in the world.
Cirque du Soleil is known for the ability of the performers to express themselves non-verbally as they perform amazing feats of skill and agility. Not to mention the fantastic costumes, detailed sets, the music and cutting edge technical visuals. All combine to thrill and inspire awe in the audience.
It was interesting to read a bit of background on Cirque du Soleil which is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. A lot goes into the creative process for each and every production. The performers hail from over fifty countries.
Toruk: The First Flight
Since this was my first Cirque du Soleil performance I opted to pay ($64.00 including fees per seat) for what I hoped would be good seats – and they were! I was, however, surprised to see so many empty seats (at all arena seating levels). I hope that Cirque du Soleil considers their first performance at Golden 1 Center a success – and that they will return.
Toruk: The First Flight was inspired by James Cameron’s 2009 film Avatar. I understood that Toruk: The First Flight was not a retelling of Avatar – but I decided to watch the movie again just for fun prior to attending the show. I enjoyed re-watching it and I am glad I did.
While Toruk: The First Flight takes place long before the events in the film, the world of Pandora and its inhabitants, the humanoid species Na’vi (blue skin, tails and all), are the central focus. A narrator, who is telling his own story about his quest as a young man to save the Tree of Souls, helps the audience understand and follow the story line.
When it comes to describing cutting edge technical visuals in Toruk: The First Flight all I can say is that it was amazing how various parts of the arena were successively transformed from a jungle, into a rocky outcropping, to flowing water, etc. from scene to scene.
After such a great experience I look forward to seeing more Cirque du Soleil productions in the future.
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Are you a fan of Cirque du Soleil? What was the most memorable performance you attended? Did you see Toruk: The First Flight at the Golden 1 Center? How did you like it?
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