Worlds collide in ‘Avatar’-inspired Cirque du Soleil performance

“Toruk” is a Cirque du Soleil production inspired by the movie “Avatar.”

The latest production to take over the North Charleston Performing Arts Center is a collision of superhuman feats: the jaw-dropping acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil combined with the fantasy world of James Cameron’s “Avatar,” one of the most expensive and visually imaginative movies ever made.

“Toruk: The First Flight,” the first Cirque du Soleil production to attempt a story line, is a sort of prequel to “Avatar.” It takes place on the Pandora moon 3,000 years before the movie’s beginning. With an occasional narrator guiding the story, it follows the Na’vi people as they attempt to destroy a predator that rules the sky and threatens their principle of connection with nature.

The production is the brainchild of 13 creators, including Cameron, and Tan Loc and Tuan Le, choreographers from Vietnam. With an elaborate set, high-tech special effects and Cirque’s usual high-flying tricks, “Toruk” is a larger-than-life spectacle.

The production will be in town for six shows this weekend on a nationwide tour.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston

Price: $40-$125

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