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Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk
April 25, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
From the inventive Cirque Mechanics comes Pedal Punk, a Steampunk inspired acrobatic whirlwind where cycling is the escape from technology obsessed society. In Pedal Punk we experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a zany bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes and repairs more than broken pieces. He creates wondrous machines that come to live and inspires the cyclist in all of us to unite with our inner Pedal Punk.
Creative Director Chris Lashua spent most of his career on a BMX bike and inside a German Wheel. This new production showcases his innate passion and fascination for all things bicycles and cycling. The synergy between man and machine, the hallmark of Cirque Mechanics, is magnificently exposed in Pedal Punk. It is that synergy that The New York Times called “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining…in a word, excellent.”
Cirque Mechanics was founded by seasoned BMX cyclist, circus acrobat and stage performer Chris Lashua in 2004 as a way to provide entertainment that encompassed the Boston native’s passion for the theater, the circus, and all things mechanical.
Cirque Mechanics based in Las Vegas, combines traditional circus disciplines with cirque elements to tell a “real world” story with theatricality. However, it is the design and exploration of innovative mechanical apparatus and the relationship between performer and machines seen on stage, that truly make Cirque Mechanics unique.
Cirque Mechanics first show Birdhouse Factory was produced in partnership with the Circus Center of San Francisco and the Pickle Family Circus, where it opened to stellar reviews. Birdhouse Factory went on to tour the US, with a critically acclaimed run at Broadway’s New Victory Theater in New York City, where it was described as “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching, ear-catching and, to keep the list short, engrossingly entertaining.” (The New York Times)
Birdhouse Factory has entertained audiences in Canada, Mexico, Dubai, Turkey, Holland, Germany, Hungary and Finland. Birdhouse Factory debuted in China with a run at Hong Kong’s Academy for the Performing Arts Lyric Theater.
Cirque Mechanics launched their second production, Boom Town in October of 2010, presented in partnership with the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma, Washington. Boom Town, a Gold Rush-era story full of the lore and adventure of the Wild West, the ingenuity of mining inspired machines and the talent of world class performers wowed audiences across the country during it’s 2010-11 US tour, which culminated with a run at New York’s New Victory Theater on Broadway. “Boomtown strikes gold” (Tacoma News Tribune)
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Cirque Mechanics is featured as one of Emens Auditorium’s Artist Series events. Artist Series subscriptions allow you to reserve the same seat for each of our six Artist Series performances. In addition, they receive discounts on many other performing arts events throughout the season. See discounts listed with each event’s pricing information. For more information visit the Artist Series page.