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Cirque du Soleil leaps into new era, aims to land in China with help from 'Avatar'

Cirque du Soleil leaps into new era, aims to land in China with help from 'Avatar'

In the climax of “Toruk,” the new Cirque du Soleil show inspired by the 2009 James Cameron blockbuster “Avatar,” a Na’vi adolescent with blue skin and a thrashing tail learns to conquer his failures as a warrior to become the first of his clan to tame a flying toruk — a giant winged predator — and save his people from catastrophe.

Can Cirque pull off a similar comeback story? As it seeks to catapult out of a financially difficult period, the 32-year-old Montreal company finds itself at a strategic crossroads as it transitions beyond its signature big-top spectacles and Las Vegas...

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