The ever-astonishing troupe, Cirque Mechanics, performs their new show, Zephyr – A Whirlwind of Circus, Oct. 18 at the Helena Civic Center and Oct. 20 at the Alberta Bair Theater in Billings.
Cirque Mechanics’ remarkable performance tells an emotive and exhilarating tale about the choices humans have made regarding our planet and its resources. In Zephyr – A Whirlwind of Circus, audiences will witness the unrelenting tug of war between man and nature, in the name of progress.
Humans have been harnessing the power of the wind for thousands of years. The beauty and efficacy of that timeless and ingenious process inspired the creative team at Cirque Mechanics to create Zephyr, a theatrical circus show that harnesses human power, instead of wind, to generate an energetic acrobatic experience.
Cirque Mechanics has designed and built a performance windmill to serve as the
multi-functional mechanical centerpiece of the story. Mounted on a turntable, the windmill combines both modern and older, more picturesque elements – with the transformation from one aspect to another providing a change of scenery in real time.
Cirque Mechanics was founded in 2004 by Las Vegas residents Chris and Aida Lashua, after the success of their collaborative project with the Circus Center of San Francisco, Birdhouse Factory. Cirque Mechanics quickly established itself as a premier American circus, with its unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling and innovative mechanical staging.
Stories are wrapped in circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders, and a bit of clowning around. Learn more at cirquemechanics.com.
Helena Civic Center: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18; tickets start at $15 and are available online and by phone, 406-447-8481
Alberta Bair in Billings: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $22, $17 and $12 and available at the ABT Box Office, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, by phone at 406-256-6052; and on the ABT website.