Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Cirque du Soleil - Toruk at the Cadillac Centre, Beijing

I've seen Cirque du Soleil twice now, watching Wintuk in NYC and Le Reve in Las Vegas. Both shows were absolutely incredible so when I saw that Cirque du Soleil was in Beijing the weekend I arrived back, I booked tickets! (PS - sorry for the awful quality photos)

The show was Toruk: The First Flight  which is inspired by Avatar. Being filmed in China, the Avatar Mountains are definitely a place high on our bucket list too! Beijng actually has a lot going on in the centre, and we often don't take advantage of it as Beijing traffic often means we sit in traffic for at least an hour each way. This is something I want to get better at this year as I want to have truly experienced Beijing by the time I leave.
Anyway, back to the show! The Cadillac Theatre was HUGE, probably the biggest theatre I've ever been in but the audience was tiny. It really wasn't a good turn out which surprised me. The tickets were pricey and I didn't pay for the best seats, but the theatre was so empty that people all moved forward anyway, bonus! Also, they were the worst seats I have ever experienced! We're going to see NHL there next month and I may pad out my jeans for a more comfortable experience!
The set was incredible! I wasn't sure whether to expect much from it as travelling shows sometimes can't do things as well as they would in a theatre set up for them, but it truly was amazing! The effects and the backdrops were stunning!

The show was good, but definitely not my favourite! One of the things I really enjoy about Cirque du Soleil is that there is always so much going on and it's fast-paced and exciting, however Toruk was the opposite; it was quite slow. The story of Toruk was great, but there was a lot of story telling and not so much of the talent on show. What we did see was amazing though!
The costumes were absolutely stunning too. As you can imagine, Avatar costumes were pretty extreme and they completely nailed them. I loved the colours and how accurate the costumes were. There were also some animal costumes were which stunning; they reminded me a little of The Lion King West-End Show.

Wintuk is definitely still my favourite; I loved the story and the talent was incredible, but Toruk is definitely worth a watch too if you get the chance!

Have you seen any of the Cirque du Soleil shows? Which is your favourite?

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