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Cirque du Soleil TORUK: The Latest Show From The Most Famous Circus

'TORUK The First Flight' is Avatar reimagined.

20/10/2017 3:16 PM AEDT | Updated 20/10/2017 3:16 PM AEDT

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TORUK The First Flight is a departure from anything you've ever seen by Cirque du Soleil.

It's their own take on Avatar, set on the planet of Pandora 1000 years prior to the scenes from James Cameron's 2009 movie.

It's also the first time that a production by the circus features a narrator and storyline. It's a colourful acrobatic spectacle that'll make you wish you tried harder in school gymnastics.

Speaking of gymnastics, one of the performers is Australia's very own Peter Kismartoni.

Born and raised in Melbourne, Kismartoni began gymnastics at the age of five and competed in many national and international competitions from age 11 up until the age of 24. He won four state titles and at the 2003 Australian Championships won the Men's All Around Senior Level 10 national title.

He studied Myotherapy/sports therapy at the australian college of sports therapy and is also a certified massage therapist, gymnastics coach and judge, and personal trainer.

Aside from being a certified massage therapist, gymnastics coach and and personal trainer, Kismartoni also trained in Extreme Martial Arts.

After stepping into the Australian stunt scene he began training fight choreography and action for film until 2008, when he joined the Cirque du Soleil production, KA, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"I was a gymnast growing up. I started when I was about five years old. When I was about 13 or 14 I saw my first Cirque du Soleil show and right then I was like wow, that's awesome, I would love to do that one day," Kismartoni told HuffPost Australia.

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Kismartoni backstage ahead of the Sydney premiere.

"Turns out when I was about 23 years old I did an audition for Cirque and got a contract for one of their las vegas shows called KA...I've been doing Cirque du Soleil ever since"

Kismartoni performed in KA, alongside his brother, until 2015 when he joined the creation of TORUK The First Flight. This is the first time he's been able to perform for the circus in front of a home crowd.

"[Working for Cirque du Soleil is] a pretty unique experience... It's very multicultural, so you get to learn about all the different kinds of cultures, it's very fun and colourful and most of all I get to do what I love to do which is to perform and do acrobatics," Kismartoni said.

"After 10 years I am coming back home to perform so that's all very exciting for me."

Given Kismartoni very laid back demeanor we asked him if he ever gets pre-show jitters.

"You know what, I get nervous before every single show, to an extent. You've got the pressure of thousands of people watching you, you don't want much to muck it up, you want to make sure you get that handstand right, so I do get nervous."

Kismartoni said the most unique part about training for 'TORUK The First Flight' was learning to move with a tail.

"Becoming Na'vi was a very exciting challenge for us. During the creation stages we had to learn to move like a navi. So it was a lot of squatting and using different muscles in our legs."

"And we had to learn how to do acrobatics with tails! I have always wanted to have a tail so that was very exciting for me. Trying not to step on it and fall over was a lot of fun."

To see Kismartoni as a Na'vi in a performance of 'TORUK The First Flight' head to the website to book tickets.

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