Palm Theatre: Cirque Mechanics

Palm Theatre: Cirque Mechanics

The Americans Circus reinvented in timber, steel and ingenuity. Performances at Telluride’s Palm Theatre, Monday, December 30, 7 p.m.; Tuesday, December 31, 8 p.m. (New Year’s show with bubbly and ball drop.)

home-cirque-mechanics-2In 2002 Chris Lashua and Aloysia Gavre began experiments using an innovative aerial apparatus. This apparatus was the inspiration for the development of other machines that would showcase the relationships between the acrobatic and mechanical worlds. In 2004 , Chris and Aloysia joined Sandra Feusi, Rex Camphuis, Sam Payne, and Steven Ragatz to work together on the creation of the 30th Anniversary production of the Pickle Family Circus which was produced by the Circus Center of San Francisco. This year-end show, Birdhouse Factory, was the company’s first collaborative effort.

 Cirque Mechanics was founded in 2004 by Boston native and German Wheel artist, Chris Lashua, after the success of the Birdhouse Factory. Cirque Mechanics quickly established itself as a premiere American circus, with its unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling and innovative mechanical staging. Spectacle Magazine hailed it as “The greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil.”

Although inspired by modern circus, Cirque Mechanics finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American ingenuity. The shows, rooted in realism, display a raw quality, rarely found in modern circus, that makes their message timeless and relevant. The stories are wrapped in circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders and a bit of clowning around.

Reserved seating.

Tickets, $38 for adult; $22 for students and children.

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