Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk Sat., April 22This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Crane Group.
Cirque Mechanics, Pedal Punk is a Steampunk inspired perforrmance where the audience can experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a wacky bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes and he repairs more than broken pieces. He creates wondrous machines and inspires the cyclist in all of us to become a Pedal Punk. The synergy between man and machine, the hallmark of Cirque Mechanics, is exposed in a magnificent way in Pedal Punk. It is that synergy that The New York Times called ‘exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining…in a word, excellent.’
About Cirque Mechanics...
Cirque Mechanics was founded in 2004 by Boston native and German Wheel artist, Chris Lashua, after the success of his collaborative project with the Circus Center of San Francisco, 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”.
Cirque Mechanics, although inspired by modern circus, 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.
The Cirque Mechanics Team
Chris Lashua, Director:
Chris Lashua has spent his life on or around wheels. After nearly a decade of professional bicycle freestyle competitions and performance, he found himself at China’s famed “Wu Ciao” festival in ‘92, where he won a bronze medal and a place on Cirque du Soleil’s Japan tour of Fascination. Chris’s obsession with wheels led him to perform inside one, a German Wheel and as the opening act of Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam in 1996.
Aloysia Gavre, Co-Director / Choreographer :
An early member of the San Francisco based Pickle Family Circus, Aloysia has been a movement, dance and circus enthusiast most of her life. Aloysia ia also co-founder of Cirque School L.A., a place for “anybody with any body” to explore the circus arts
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Steven Ragatz, Writer/Artist:
Original Birdhouse Factory cast member and collaborator, Steven Ragatz has been entertaining audiences with his juggling, physical comedy, stilt walking and general antics for the past three decades. As a ten-year veteran of Cirque du Soleil, Steven has toured throughout North, South and Central America as well as Asia and Europe performing multiple juggling acts as well as an eclectic array of characters. His television credits include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Rosie O’Donnell Show and The Today Show. And he has enjoyed seasonal appearances with the Indianapolis and Detroit Symphonies, juggling in front of live orchestras.
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Sean Riley, Set Designer / Aerial Rigging Designer
Sean Riley is a designer, rigger, and sculptor, living in San Francisco. Concentrating his performance design on site specific and experimental work, Riley creates functional, architectural and lighting installations. Riley’s lighting design for Ta IA Brugera was featured at Documeta 11, and the MMK in Frankfurt. His theater installations can be seen all over the U.S. When not creating for himself, Riley keeps the San Francisco area lifting and flying safely through rigging company Gravity Design Inc. Riley is presently the brave and charismatic host of National Geographic’s adventure show, World’s Toughest Fixes.
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Anthony Powers / Lighting Designer
Heather Basarab/ Lighting Designer
Rex Camphuis/ Co-Director S0und Designer
Deanna Fitzgerald/ Lighting Designer
Sam and Sandra Payne/ Co-Directors
Michael Picton/ Composer
Cirque Mechanics Orchestra Project
Michael “Tex” Redinger / Acrobatic Designer
Birdhouse Factory/ Boom Town
Cody Westheimer and Julia Newmann/ Composers
STEAM Punk: the science behind the Cirque with the Michigan Tech Mind Trekkers and Cirque Mechanics
Saturday, April 22, 4:00 PM
6-8 grade students | $10*
Join the Michigan Tech MindTrekkers for a day of Science, Technology, Engineering, ART, and Math on Saturday, April 22, 4:00 PM, at the Rozsa Center.
Mind Trekkers, the Rozsa Center, and Cirque Mechanics are teaming up to teach students about the science behind the show Pedal Punk. Students will have a behind-the-scenes tour of Cirque Mechanics, do hands-on demonstrations with Mind Trekkers, get dinner, and a ticket to the show.
Location: Rozsa Center and Michigan Tech campus, Wadsworth Annex
3:30-4:00 PM - drop off in the Rozsa lobby
4:00-5:00 PM - Meet with pro BMX biker and Cirque Mechanics founder Chris Lashua to talk about the science behind the circus
5:15-6:15 PM - Mind Trekkers and First Robotics demonstrations and an on-stage set tour of the Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk apparatus
6:15-7:15 PM - Pizza dinner with the Mind Trekkers in Wadsworth Hall
7:30 PM - Attend the live performance of Cirque Mechanics
Pedal Punk at the Rozsa Center
*pizza dinner included
How: Sign up online
(choose price option “STEAM ticket price”)
A google form permission slip will be sent following purchase.