Zephyr

Zephyr

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

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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

Friday | Mar 1, 2024

Zephyr

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

Event Starts 7:00 PM
Saturday | Mar 9, 2024

Vienna Boys Choir

One of the most famous choirs in the world, the Vienna Boys Choir has been enchanting audiences for centuries with their pure and pristine sound and charming performance style.

Event Starts 7:00 PM
Sunday | Mar 10, 2024

The Godfather

The brilliant masterpiece, based on the best-selling novel, paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan's rise and near fall from power in America.

Event Starts 2:00 PM
Sunday | Mar 10, 2024

The Godfather 2

The early life and career of Vito Corleone in 1920s New York City is portrayed, while his son, Michael, expands and tightens his grip on the family crime syndicate.

Event Starts 7:00 PM
Saturday | Apr 6, 2024

Dave Bennett's Quartet - Onstage Experience

An evening that offers intimate cabaret-style seating onstage, reminiscent of the classic jazz rooms of yesteryear.

Event Starts 7:00 PM
Sunday | Apr 7, 2024

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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Event Starts 2:00 PM
Sunday | Apr 7, 2024

Little Shop of Horrors

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Event Starts 7:00 PM
Apr 13 - 14, 2024

RED

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Tuesday | Apr 23, 2024

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Event Starts 7:00 PM
Sunday | May 19, 2024

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Event Starts 2:00 PM
Sunday | May 19, 2024

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A silent film star falls for a chorus girl just as he and his delusionally jealous screen partner are trying to make the difficult transition to talking pictures in 1920s Hollywood.

Event Starts 7:00 PM
Saturday | July 13, 2024

2024 Gala - Sounds of Motor City

We heard it through the grapevine that two legendary Motown groups, The Temptations and The Four Tops, are headlining the celebration of the season

Event Starts 8:30 PM

Feb 2024