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Cirque du Soleil announces UK premiere of Avatar prequel show

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Cirque du Soleil has announced the UK premiere of a show inspired by the film Avatar, which has been developed with director James Cameron.

Toruk – the First Flight, which is written and directed by Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, will run at Manchester Arena from June 20 to 23 and at London’s O2 Arena from June 26 to 30.

The show, which uses multimedia projections and puppetry, is an official prequel to the 2009 film Avatar.

Cameron said: “Avatar is really meant to be a celebration of human motion and human emotion and Cirque is able to capture that absolutely perfectly, because it’s all about human performance and physicality. It makes you feel alive to watch these performers.”

It is directed by Neilson Vignola, with choreography by Tuan Le and Tan Loc, set and prop design by Carl Fillion, costume by Kym Barrett, sound by Jacques Boucher and lighting by Alain Lortie.