Narrated by a ‘Na’vi Storyteller’ and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in James Cameron film AVATAR, and before any humans ever set foot on Pandora.
In this show it is stick manipulation that is a favourite of Berto, while playing a warrior role.
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While he has the background skills, strength and flexibility for performing he had the added challenge this time of learning the Na’vi language for the role too. He doesn’t get nervous any more, he admits, as all the cast are so well trained. Instead he said he was simply excited to present each show.
While rehearsals and training take up a lot of his spare time, Berto still likes to explore the locations he visits, always keen to find himself a Salsa bar and show his moves on the dance floor too.
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 du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.
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