TORUK – The First Flight Portland Review

The Over Thirty Mommy Family had the opportunity to attend opening night of TORUKThe First Flight in Portland.  As a big fan of the movie AVATAR, we were looking forward to the show.  I have wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil show for many years but something always came up that prevented me from attending.  So when we were asked to attend this spectacular new show, I was thrilled to be able to say yes.

The evening started off great, we headed down to Portland after I got home from work.  We left early to avoid dealing with Portland traffic and to make sure we were there in plenty of time to grab a bite to eat.

The set up of entry to the Moda center was a bit odd, they had the main entrance closed due to having a TORUK guest area set up on 1/2 of the main lobby area.  This meant we had to walk around the complex in the cold December wind.  Once inside, we were quickly able to find our seats.

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We were excited to load the TORUK app to be involved with the show, it was a super slow load but we got it just in time for the show to start.  It was fun to be involved, there was one part where the flash on my phone started going off (as part of the app), it freaked out the people in front of me but once I explained is was not me taking pictures but rather the app, they were understanding.

The set was amazing, the lights and music perfect fit to the show.  The “Na’vi Storyteller” did a wonderful job narrating the story and drawing us in

During the second act, there were some technical difficulties.  The first time the crowd was understanding and we entertained ourselves with rounds of the wave, Christmas carols, and even an impromptu Happy Birthday to a fellow member of the crowd.  After abut 20-30 minutes, they things working again and the show went on.  They reset the scene and continued on where they left off.

Right at the beginning of the main fight scene, the main part of the finale, there was a second bout of technical difficulties, the crowd was a bit less understanding and some left upset.  The show took another pause but this time when it came back, they skipped the entire portion of the show.  We went form a fiery melt down of Pandora to everything being beautiful and happy.  It was a bit of a confusion to many and I had to explain what happened to my 7 year old.

Technical difficulties aside, the show was wonderful.  The costumes were spectacular.  The aerial silk dancers were amazing and a thrill to watch.  Since we missed the finale, the best part of the show was this scene, the acrobatics were astonishing!

Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett  © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

Photo: Errisson Lawrence Costumes: Kym Barrett © 2015 Cirque du Soleil

I would have loved to see the finale but we still had a great time at TORUK – The First Flight.   Overall, the show was amazing, I would love to see it again in whole. I can not wait for the next show to come to town.


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