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Cirque du Soleil takes flight at the Palace

Cirque du Soleil comes to the Palace at Auburn Hills.

Cirque du Soleil's Toruk: The First Flight puts you right in the middle of the action on the planet Pandora from the hit movie Avatar.

But those who know the set best say fans might not recognize the look of things before the magic sets in.

"It takes a full 24 hours to get the stage and everything set," Cirque du Soleil spokesperson Laura Silverman told our NBC 25 crews. "Then the artists would come in and they would train and practice on the different apparatuses before getting everything up and running. It's the first time we have a very specific story line that's being followed...it takes place thousands of years before the events that happened in the film."

With 27 truckloads of equipment and around 100 cast and crew members, including local hires, the show is touring North America while recreating Pandora from scratch at each stop.

"For the first time we're using the entire arena floor," Silverman said. "So we put down about 700 panels."

And this Cirque du Soleil show is different than any other.

Those close to the show say they're using projections and multimedia to give the audience the full experience.

"We kind of think how Avatar pushed forward the film industry, Toruk: The First Flight is doing for live entertainment," Silverman said. " We're creating a new type of entertainment where you feel as if you're a part of the show."

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