MIA: Inside ‘The First Flight,’ The New Cirque du Soleil Based on ‘Avatar’

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The First Flight is just what Cirque du Soleil needed—a shiny new concept borrowed from the most natural fit in the world—James Cameron’s AVATAR. The new show (the group’s 37th production since their inception in 1984) features the Na’vi, bright blue beings from the planet Pandora, which make for perfect and familiar Cirque du Soleil characters.

The result is an immersive multimedia spectacle that brings the breathtaking world of James Cameron’s AVATAR to the stage. Puppetry, a soaring cinematic score, and cutting-edge cirque style stage-craft make this mysterious world come to life in a totally new way.

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Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon created the show in their signature style, which is immersive and heavy on the technology. The First Flight explores the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things that was central to the original movie.

The story is narrated by a Na’vi storyteller and is supposed to take place thousands of years before the events depicted in the film, well before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.

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That doesn’t mean all is calm. Drama occurs when a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls.

The show will open on March 3, 2016 at the BB&T Center and run through the 6th. For the first time, show at the American Airlines Arena on March 10-13, 2016, making it a bit easier for Miamians to get their fill of the Cirque. 

Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries. Each show takes a village to create too. The First Flight comprises 13 creators under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté (Guide) and Jean-François Bouchard (Creative Guide) for Cirque du Soleil, and James Cameron, Jon Landau, Kathy Franklin and Richie Baneham for Lightstorm Entertainment:

Tickets are on sale now, for more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit https://www.cirquedusoleil.com.