What Cirque du Soleil Means To My Family + Win 4 Tickets To TORUK- The First Flight


Today we’re giving away 4 tickets to Cirque du Soleil TORUK- The First Flight (read to the bottom to enter to win), but first I thought I’d share what Cirque means to Rob and I.

When I think back to when The Hubs and I first started “dating”, I often tell friends “We never really dated. We were friends for 2 years, then we realized we were in love and basically started acting like we were married.” It’s true. My husband never really  needed to try to “woo” me, to impress me, to make me fall for him hook line and sinker. He had me, from the very moment he told me that he had feelings for me and that I was the one he was supposed to spend the rest of his life with. 

While we never traditionally “dated”, one activity that we loved to do with each other, from early on in our relationship, was to attend Cirque du Soleil whenever it came to town. I still remember the feeling of anticipation the first time Rob and I walked, hand in hand, up to the gates of the Grande Chapiteau to see Alegria! We had gotten “front of the line” access for purchasing our tickets through our credit card company and managed to snag second row tickets. I had watched Cirque du Soleil on TV before and had some idea what to expect, but seeing it in person, happening right above your head was mind blowing. I confess that I had tears streaming down my face for the first half of the show. It felt surreal to me to be sitting their in the audience. 

After that, Cirque became our thing. All year long, we would wait in anticipation for the announcement of what show was coming to Vancouver next. We would gush to anyone who would listen, about how much we loved Cirque du Soleil and encourage them to do whatever they could to attend a show the next time it came to a city near them. One year we even treated my parents and sister to a show in Seattle for their Christmas present. 

Spending an evening, surrounded by such profound creativity inspired us. It left us feeling recharged and like we were a part of something amazing. 

I still remember the first Cirque de Soleil show we brought my daughter to. She was 2 years old and sat on my lap. We questioned beforehand if she was old enough to attend, but she was a very well behaved child and we were so excited to share the show with her. We talked to her about it for days in the lead up. Sharing YouTube videos, describing the colors, sites and sounds. As the show was about to begin, the lights dimmed in the Grand Chapiteau, and the audience fell to a hush. You could have heard a pin drop. Suddenly my precious 2 year old daughter shouted “Hooray!”, the audience started laughing, and at that exact moment the stage lights came on and the show began. My husband and I looked into each other’s eyes, beaming that this was an experience we got to share with our daughter.

Later my daughter saw her second Cirque du Soleil show, sitting on her Popa’s lap, sitting right next to the stage. She clapped her hands and laughed out loud, eyes wide with wonder taking in the sights and sounds. I like to think that going to Cirque from such a young age had a small impact on the creative individual that she is today. 

Since my son was born, we haven’t attended any more Cirque du Soleil shows. He’s proven to be a bit more of a handful than my daughter, and it didn’t seem fair to leave him out of an experience that is so special to our family. This year is the year though! My family is so excited to be going to see TORUK- The First Flight this December. 


Inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, and narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller, TORUK- The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film Avatar, before humans ever set foot in Pandora.

Cirque du Soleil has a great way for parents to let their kids experience the magic of Cirque– The Family Four Pack. This ticket option gives you two adult tickets and two children’s tickets and saves you $10 off the price of each ticket.  

Photo Credit: Jesse Faatz

My kids are so excited to attend. The show looks like it will be spectacular with 40 artists in the cast – 1 actor, 1 singer, 1 percussionist, 1 kite specialist, 1 boomerang specialist, 1 contortionist, 6 puppeteers, and 28 acrobats. The show also uses 16 puppets to represent the creatures of Pandora: six Viperwolves, three Direhorses, three Austrapedes, one Turtapede, two swarms of Woodsprites, and one Toruk. The Toruk has a wingspan of 40 feet and weighs 250 pounds! 

All of this magic needs a mighty big stage! The stage for TORUK is a whopping 15000 square feet!

Want to see the show as much as my family does? We’re giving away 4 tickets to see the show in Vancouver! Enter below to win!

Photo Credit: Jesse Faatz

Tell me… I’m going to be interviewing a cast member of TORUK about Cirque du Soleil, creativity, and how they pursued a creative path in life. What question would you like me to ask in an interview that will be published next month?

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'What Cirque du Soleil Means To My Family + Win 4 Tickets To TORUK- The First Flight' have 32 comments

  1. November 8, 2016 @ 5:36 pm Louise chapman

    Who encouraged you on your creative journey?


  2. November 8, 2016 @ 6:01 pm Heather van Mil

    How old were you when you knew this was what you wanted to do as a career.
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  3. November 8, 2016 @ 6:08 pm Jillian

    I think you should ask when was the first moment they knew they wanted to live a life of performing.


  4. November 8, 2016 @ 7:30 pm maria

    How are they not afraid of falling or being injured?


  5. November 8, 2016 @ 8:10 pm Brooke Takhar

    Is it difficult to be on the road so much?


  6. November 8, 2016 @ 9:58 pm Rebecca T

    How did your family react when you told them that you wanted to become a performer?


  7. November 8, 2016 @ 10:19 pm June

    What inspired them to do this as a career?


  8. November 9, 2016 @ 7:10 am Natalie

    While these shows are amazing and sometimes death defying – can you share some of the funniest bloopers or behind the scenes moments you’ve seen/had?


    • November 9, 2016 @ 7:13 am Natalie

      ps, the mom envy link isn’t working on your widget! :)


  9. November 9, 2016 @ 7:58 am paul connors

    What made the world of Avatar a good fit for Cirque Du Soleil?


  10. November 9, 2016 @ 9:15 am Emilia

    Which scene was the most difficult to master


  11. November 9, 2016 @ 9:19 am Leanne S

    What is the greatest encouragement you ever received on your journey to becoming a performer with Cirque and who said it to you?


  12. November 9, 2016 @ 9:35 am Stephanie Rose

    If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your childhood self?


  13. November 9, 2016 @ 2:01 pm Sunshine H

    Was Cirque a career goal, or did you come from a different background that somehow led to Cirque.


  14. November 9, 2016 @ 2:54 pm Barb W

    I always wonder if they ever have moments of fear before these crazy stunts!


  15. November 9, 2016 @ 8:13 pm Tina L.

    What is their favourite show that they have performed in?


  16. November 10, 2016 @ 2:47 am Chris C

    What sports did you naturally take to as a child and enjoy and did these sports lead you to the career path you are on now?


  17. November 10, 2016 @ 8:11 am tracy k

    what did your first cirque performance feel like?


  18. November 10, 2016 @ 9:26 am Siobhan Rich

    What gave you the confidence to pursue your dream of being part of the Cirque du Soleil?


  19. November 10, 2016 @ 9:44 am Marsalie

    I would love to know what inspired them to join Cirque.


  20. November 10, 2016 @ 5:53 pm Antonia Paradis

    Has anyone been seriously hurt during a performance?


  21. November 11, 2016 @ 2:31 am Dilara Litonjua

    What made you decide to join Cirque du Soleil? Any regrets?


  22. November 11, 2016 @ 5:17 pm Andrea D

    I would love to know how long it takes to do their make up!


  23. November 11, 2016 @ 9:17 pm Maryanne

    How long do you train on a daily basis?


  24. November 13, 2016 @ 8:48 pm Jennifer P.

    I would love to know at what age they got started in this field, and when they knew this would be a career path they could pursue?


  25. November 14, 2016 @ 9:40 am Brandee

    What advice would you give to someone who wants to persue a career as an aerialist? What training did you find most helpful during your journey?


  26. November 15, 2016 @ 8:50 am Linda

    How much training do you do a day to keep fit for the shows?


  27. November 17, 2016 @ 4:18 am Victoria Ess

    I would ask them how they came to decide that this was the career path for them.


  28. November 22, 2016 @ 2:25 pm jan

    While they’d always need to be cautious, does it ever get to the point where they are so comfortable with a show that there is zero ‘fear’.


  29. November 22, 2016 @ 8:15 pm Nicole

    How many hours do you practice / train a day?


  30. December 22, 2016 @ 1:53 pm Creative Kids: My Trip To Cirque du Soleil TORUK by Bean- Age 8 - Hello Creative Family

    […] to be able to share such a wonderful, creative show with my kids. Check out my first post about What Cirque du Soleil Means To My Family […]


  31. November 23, 2017 @ 7:31 am Darren Scrubb

    Cool looking event that will be great to check out during the Holidays.


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