Zephyr

Zephyr

A Whirlwind of Circus by Cirque Mechanics. An emotive and exhilarating tale about human ingenuity and our natural resources.

Event Details

About Cirque Mechanics

Cirque Mechanics was founded in 2004 by Boston native and German Wheel artist, Chris Lashua, after the success of a collaborative project with the Circus Center of San Francisco entitled 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 troupe has created five extraordinary productions; Birdhouse Factory, Boomtown, Pedal Punk, 42FT- A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels, and, most recently, the wind-inspired Zephyr. 

Fun Facts about Zephyr

Did you know?

A family trip to a working grist mill in central England, a place where the mills grind cereal grain into flour and middlings, and a tour of the inside of the windmill inspired the circus Zephyr. A windmill is a type of working engine. It converts wind power into energy.

Windmills may be powerful, but a zephyr is a gentle breeze! The word comes from the name of the Greek god Zephyrus, who ruled the west wind and heralded spring.

Cirque Mechanics has produced four other shows - Birdhouse Factory, Boom Town, Pedal Punk, and 42FT - and Zephyr includes several new acts for them, including foot juggling and group bicycle! 

A Few Facts about Windmills

In case you need more spinning, Zephyr's 20-foot-tall windmill will be mounted on a giant turntable, enabling the performers to change the scenery in real-time.

The largest wind turbine in the world is in Hawaii. It is 20 stories high and has rotors that have the length of an entire football field.

Modern wind turbines are complicated machines. One wind turbine can have as many as 8,000 different components.

Most wind turbines have 3 blades that can reach up to a speed of 200 miles per hour. 

 

Upcoming Events

July 20 - 21, 2024

An Evening with Chris Botti

Grammy Award-winning Chris Botti is the complete package: a dazzling trumpeter at home in everything from jazz to pop to rock, a brilliant bandleader who lets his players shine, and a born showman whose joy at being on stage is infectious.

Friday | July 26, 2024

LeAnn Rimes Acoustic

Performing the songs you know and love reimagined for a special, intimate acoustic performance.

Event Starts 8:00 PM
Saturday | July 27, 2024

LeAnn Rimes

One iconic voice, one unforgettable night.

Event Starts 8:00 PM
Saturday | Aug 3, 2024

Kanin Wren's Taylor Swift Experience

The Taylor Swift Experience is a family-friendly event for fans of all ages who share a love for Taylor Swift's music.

Event Starts 8:00 PM
Sunday | Aug 4, 2024

Yächtley Crëw

This Crew will reel you in with their world-class musicianship as they perform timeless soft rock hits from Christopher Cross to Hall & Oates to Toto and more!

Event Starts 8:00 PM
Aug 7 - 11, 2024

The Concert Truck

A mobile music venue featuring Nick Luby and Susan Zhang that strengthens communities by redefining the concert experience and making live music accessible to everyone.

Wednesday | Aug 7, 2024

Alana Springsteen

A force-of-nature talent with the passion to match.

Event Starts 8:00 PM
Saturday | Aug 10, 2024

The Four Phantoms In Concert

Bringing together four Phantoms from the Tony Award-winning The Phan­tom of the Opera for an unforgettable night of entertain­ment.

Event Starts 8:00 PM
Monday | Aug 12, 2024

Tanner Adell

This rising star and innovative queen of glam country brings a fresh new vibe and sound to the country music genre.

Event Starts 8:00 PM
Saturday | Aug 17, 2024

Grand Rapids Ballet

Michigan’s only professional classical ballet company.

Event Starts 7:30 PM
Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2024

MAMMA MIA!

Live on stage! The global smash hit feel-good musical based on the songs of Abba that we all know and love.

Sep 4 - 7, 2024

Bluegrass by the Bay

A regional collaboration between Crooked Tree Arts Center, Blissfest Music Organization, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, and Lavender Hill Farm

Saturday | Sep 7, 2024

An Evening with the Del McCoury Band

One listen and it’s clear as crystal. There is Del.

Event Starts 7:30 PM
Sunday | Sep 8, 2024

Brentano Quartet

“Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the London Independent; the New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism.”

Event Starts 4:00 PM
Sunday | Sep 15, 2024

CARBONARO: LIES ON STAGE

We’d say you have to see it to believe it, but you won’t believe a thing when you’re in the presence of Michael Carbonaro!

Event Starts 7:00 PM
Sunday | Sep 22, 2024

Clint Holmes

"Between the Moon and New York City" The songs of Peter Allen. GRAMMY® nominee, legendary singer, ​songwriter, and entertainer.

Event Starts 7:00 PM
Sunday | Oct 13, 2024

Lucie Arnaz

I GOT THE JOB! Songs From My Musical Past with Musical Director RON ABEL

Event Starts 7:00 PM

Jul 2024