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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Acrobatics to accentuate Cirque Mechanics’ ‘Birdhouse Factory’ performance in Columbus
 
Courtesy of Darin Basile
Cirque Mechanics’ ‘Birdhouse Factory’ is scheduled to be performed Oct. 20 at Ohio Theatre.

By Ben Keith
from---thelantern.com
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The circus is slated to leave the big tent and come to Columbus this weekend as part of Cirque Mechanics’ “Birdhouse Factory.”

“At the heart of what we do is the circus stuff, in a smaller, more intimate setting,” said Chris Lashua, director of the performance.

“Birdhouse Factory” tells the story of a struggling gadget-making factory and is scheduled to be performed 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ohio Theatre.

“The workers are inspired by an accident that happens when a bird flies through the factory, and they re-imagine the factory, take control of it and make it into a factory that makes birdhouses,” Lashua said. “It’s really the story of how the factory changes from a stark, ‘Modern Times’ Charlie Chaplin-esque factory to a more whimsical, Rube-Goldberg-like factory.”

The transition and playfulness are reflected in the show’s staging and music, but especially in one singular prop: a wheeled contraption that Lashua calls “the trolley.”

“That contraption became the heart of ‘Birdhouse Factory,’” Lashua said.

The trolley is a pair of rings about 6 feet in diameter held apart by pipe segments, mounted on two unicycles and two smaller wheels.

Performers ride the trolley across the stage, using it in a number of acts.

“We started exploring other circus acts, how we could get that in there,” Lashua said.

At one point in the show, a contortionist balances atop the trolley while two performers pedal it across the stage.
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http://www.thelantern.com/a-e/acrobatics-to-accentuate-cirque-mechanics-birdhouse-factory-performance-in-columbus-1.2930278


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