I feel bad for anyone who didn’t get to see James Cameron’s Avatar in IMAX 3D when it first came out in 2009: this is a movie made for the large-screen format, and the result was an immersive experience that made it easy to overlook some of the film’s more shopworn plot conventions. If you’ve only seen Avatar on your home TV, you really haven’t seen it at all.
So what’s better than Avatar in 3D? The answer could be Toruk: The First Flight, a 4D (read: “live action”) Cirque du Soliel show set in the Avatar universe and telling the story of how the Na’vi — the indigenous inhabitants of the planet Pandora from the film — first learn to fly the dragon-like predator Toruk. And of course, there’s a world to save in the process.
That’s as deep as we want to delve into Na’vi philosophy here, but if your interest is piqued you should check out the show this weekend at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. It’s a rare opportunity to see Cirque du Soleil acrobats and performers locally — and they always put on a great show — and revisit the world of Avatar. Tickets are on sale now; shows are Thursday-Sunday.