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18 selecttraveler.com J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 6 fun at ourselves," Stanton said, along with tons of photos, artwork, illus- trations and fun informational graphs. And there's more to come. "Even though we're 25 years in, we're still at the beginning of what this character can do," Stanton said. "We feel like we're at the fi rst fi fth of the story." W W W . B L U E M A N . C O M C I R Q U E D U S O L E I L Since its beginnings in 1984 as a troupe of performers on the streets of Quebec cities, Cirque du Soleil has mounted nearly 40 original pro- ductions that have toured around the globe. "Paramour," which opened at the Lyric Theatre in May, is Cirque's fi rst production created especially for Broadway and is essentially a "Cirque du Soleil musical." The show doesn't back away from the classic Cirque spectacle — it includes all the signature acrobatics and special effects — but also integrates songs, a linear storyline and ac- tors performing in English, according to spokesman Aaron Meier. "Par- amour" is set in the dazzling world of Golden Age Hollywood and fol- lows a young actress as she struggles to choose between love and art. In another fi rst for Cirque du Soleil, "Toruk — The First Flight" is a "completely different show" for the company, said spokeswoman Laura Silverman. It's the fi rst time Cirque has created a show inspired by a fi lm, in this case James Cameron's 2009 blockbuster "Avatar." It's also the fi rst and only Cirque show with an English-speaking narrator. The rest of the cast speaks Na'vi, the tribal language created for the movie. "Toruk" is a prequel to the fi lm, so people need not have seen Avatar to appreciate the story. And the show delivers plenty of acrobatics and By Errisson Lawrence By Errisson Lawrence Photos courtesy Cirque du Soleil "Toruk" Cirque du Soleil's "Luzia" Elaborate set of "Toruk"

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