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March 09, 2017

Gallery: Behind the scenes at Cirque du Soleil's 'TORUK - The First Flight'

Take a peek backstage as the Wells Fargo Center is transformed

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A performer trains on the Corde Lisse at the Wells Fargo Center during a rehearsal of Cirque du Soleil's 'TORUK - The First Flight,' running Wednesday, March 8 - Sunday, March 12.

Take a journey to the land of Pandora as Cirque du Soleil transforms the Wells Fargo Center for a performance of "TORUK - The First Flight."

Inspired by James Cameron's "Avatar," the entire floor and lower seating areas at Wells Fargo become a completely immersive experience by use of elaborate projections and a mobile app that becomes part of the experience. 

Below is a set of images from a rehearsal that took place hours before opening night.

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The entire floor and lower seating areas of the Wells Fargo Center are completely transformed into an immersive experience during 'TORUK - The First Flight,' running Wednesday, March 8 - Sunday, March 12.


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The Austrapedes is one of many creatures you'll find backstage during a rehearsal of 'TORUK - The First Flight.'

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There is a giant 40-foot TORUK backstage that requires the guidance of six professional puppeteers and is operated from below as a reverse marionette.


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A Cirque du Soleil performer jumps backward through a kite during a rehearsal at the Wells Fargo Center.


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The Tawkami wigs of braided hair backstage at the Wells Fargo Center.


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Acrobats rehearse a few hours before opening night at the Wells Fargo Center.

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Performers on the Corde Lisse rehearse at the Wells Fargo Center.


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Performers on the Corde Lisse rehearse at the Wells Fargo Center.


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Backstage during a rehearsal of Cirque du Soleil's 'TORUK - The First Flight,' at the Wells Fargo Center.


Ticket prices range from $41 to $160 per person. The show is family-friendly.


"TORUK - The First Flight"

Wednesday, March 8 through Sunday, March 12
Wells Fargo Center
3601 S. Broad St



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