Cirque du Soleil Toruk Opening Night with Accor Hotels

Cirque du Soleil Toruk
Cirque du Soleil Toruk

Wine match: In Dreams ChardonnayIn a previous post, Celebrate Cirque du Soleil with AccorHotels, I spoke about the hotel group being the official accommodation partner for Cirque du Soleil’s Australia and New Zealand tour.

Last night, I was one of the many few to celebrate on opening night with a dinner and show with a select five of Sydney’s best travel magazines, an invitation by Accor Hotels HQ. Naturally, I needed some assistance to get ‘blue carpet’ ready for the occasion.

Synergy Hair & Beauty is my local hair salon in Pyrmont and when I mentioned to Chantal Haberland (owner of the salon) of my upcoming event. Chantal made sure that I had not a strand of hair out of place and colour to make heads turn twice.

Thanks to HF Weddings & Hire Cars for the luxury return transfers from the city to Sydney Olympic Park. The HF experience is second to none and a family run business since 1973. A chauffered Mercedes Benz S with a bottle of sparkling wine, this was a great start to the evening.

Arriving at Sydney’s 5 star Pullman Sydney Olympic Park, guests were greeted by the hotel’s General Manager Nathan Cox, and Executive Chef Ben Nicholls. The pre-theatre set menu dinner at Bacar was delicious and blue (well the cocktails and dessert were). Taken inspiration from James Cameron’s AVATAR, we started with a gin-based cocktail (not part of the set menu). Priced at $70pp for three-courses does include a glass of Veuve Ambal sparkling or James Squires beer, or upgrade to the $100pp to include matching wines.

Entree: Milk braised bungalow pork belly, shiraz apple puree, kohlrabi, mustard cress, pig skin
Notes: the pork belly was cooked very well but was hoping for the crackling on the meat, the crunch was separate.
Wine match: In Dreams Chardonnay 

Main: Braised beef cheek, onion textures, baby leek, red wine jus.
Notes: cooked perfectly as the meat separated with ease and would have liked a little more leek on the plate.
Wine match: Mountadam Shiraz

Dessert: Rhubarb, whitechocolatee pannacotta, rhubarb textures, meringue
Notes: had to restrain myself from scooping the whole plate.
Wine match: Botrytis Semillon

Book in at Bacar Restaurant on 02 8762 7959.

After the plates were cleared it was time to make our way over to Qudos Bank Arena for the show, Cirque du Soleil: Toruk – The First Flight. It was a nice treat, we all fitted in the golf cart and whizzed or way through the crowds of the park. Quick stop on the ‘blue carpet’ for a photograph and I was ready.

I knew I was going to be dazzled by the amazing acrobatics abilities from the performances. Personally, I have seen a couple of Cirque du Soleil shows and I was amazed by the costumes and set designs – out of this world.

The Toruk story is set thousands of years before Avatar and is familiar in some parts, that being the whimsical Tree of Souls. When a natural catastrophe threatens the tree, two Omaticava boys take on a quest of manhood (coming of age). They meet a new friend and their mission takes them on a mystical journey to save the Na’vi from disaster.

Travelling across the country, Sydney 19-29 Oct; Melbourne 2-12 Nov, Adelaida 16-19 Nov, Perth 24 Nov – 3 Dec.