When Cirque du Soleil's "Mystere" debuted at Treasure Island 23 years ago, no one could have predicted how the inventive, Montreal-based circus company would take the Strip by storm. In the years since, Vegas has had a strong love affair with Cirque's brand of otherworldly entertainment. Crowds have flooded showrooms to see eye-widening displays of engineering and human ability that challenge the idea of what a circus can be.
Today, there are seven resident Cirque du Soleil shows playing year-round in Las Vegas, from the sexed-up "Zumanity" to the splashy "O," but the bounty of permanent productions means the company's touring shows usually skip visiting town. Not so for "Toruk - the First Flight," the traveling show inspired by James Cameron's movie "Avatar," which features blue-suited artists swinging, flipping and dancing across the stage as they tell the story of the Na'vi millennia before Sam Worthington's "Avatar" character showed up.
"Toruk," Cirque's 37th production, will land at MGM Resorts' T-Mobile Arena for a limited engagement from Jan. 18 to 22. With the 2,000-plus-seat venue entering its second year, perhaps the arrival of "Toruk" will be a harbinger of more Cirque tour stops to come.
Tickets for "Toruk - the First Flight" range from $39 and $155.