The Henderson Area Arts Alliance is proud to welcome Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk to the Preston Arts Center stage on Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. The show, which features circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders – and a bit of clowning around – is perfect for all ages.
In Pedal Punk viewers will experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a wacky bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes, he repairs more than broken pieces.
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. Lashua spent most of his career on a BMX bike or inside a German Wheel. His fascination with bicycles and passion for cycling are evidenced in this new production. The synergy between man and machine, the hallmark of Cirque Mechanics, is exposed in a magnificent way in Pedal Punk.
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”.
“Our audiences have Cirque Mechanics in the past and we look forward to presenting their new show Pedal Punk this season! We are happy to have them return to Henderson for the third time,” Alex Caudill, Executive Director of the Henderson Area Arts Alliance said.
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.
HAAA will also offer a special pre-performance of Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk for area third graders on the morning of November 14 at 9:00 a.m. at the Preston Art Center as parts of its educational outreach programming.
“Utilize our student ticket prices and bring the whole family for a night of entertainment at the Preston Arts Center,” Caudill said.
Tickets for the evening performance are $35 and $25 for adults and $15 for all students. Tickets are available at haaa.org or by calling the box office at 270-831-9800.
The show is presented by Field & Main Bank, The Raymond B. Preston Family Foundation, Gibbs Die Casting Corporation, Audubon Metals LLC, Brenntag, and Ervin Cable Construction.