Sunday, October 23, 2016

Cirque Mechanics Pushes the Boundaries of Circus Traditions

Cirque Mechanics at Byham October 24 at 7 p.m. Credit Courtesy Photo

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Cirque Mechanics will perform Pedal Punk on Monday, October 24, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater, 101 Sixth Street in Pittsburgh.  This performance is part of the Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Pedal Punk combines traditional circus disciplines with bicycles on a cycling inspired set and follows a zany bike shop mechanic as he meets cyclists, repairs their bikes and creates innovative pedal powered machines.  The troupe describes their show as a rowdy circus where the mischief is on wheels!

Creative Director Chris Lashua had no trouble incorporating cycling into this new show, since his career has always revolved around wheels, either on a BMX bike or an acrobatic German Wheel.  In Pedal Punk, Lashua and Cirque Mechanics explore the connection between man and machine in an exciting performance.

Lashua founded Cirque Mechanics in 2004 and is based in Las Vegas.  The group delivers productions that bring together the circus arts, the theater and the mechanical for shows that blend realism with American ingenuity.

Spectacle Magazine says Cirque Mechanics is “the greatest contribution to American circus since Cirque de Soleil.”

For more information about Pedal Punk and Cirque Mechanics, visit http://www.cirquemechanics.com/pedal-punk/.

For more information about the Cirque Mechanics creative team, visit http://www.cirquemechanics.com/about/creative-team/.
To watch a performance clip of Pedal Punk,visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LlYqCt_pteY.

To watch behind the scenes Making of Pedal Punk, visit https://vimeo.com/106325642.
Tickets

Tickets ($25-$45) are available through these Pittsburgh Cultural Trust official ticket sources: www.TrustArts.org, by calling 412-456-6666, or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. For groups of 10 or more, call 412-471-6930.

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