Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk was a performances with many moving parts…literally—both onstage and off.

If you attended the performance you know the set was a mechanical masterpiece—spinning, rolling, bouncing—offering a different stage for each of the circus artists to spotlight their skills. It certainly played a starring role.

Cirque Mechanics: On and Off Stage

Beyond Thursday night’s performance itself, Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk events intertwined into our community offstage with partnerships, a masterclass, a lecture, a workshop, a salon and a School-Time Performance for over 1700 students.

First, on October 26, Portland community members were able to connect to Cirque Mechanics artists at a unicycle/BMX Masterclass, which Portland Ovations offered in partnership with local group, the Gym Dandies at Scarborough’s Wentworth School.

Masterclass photo gallery below:

A Circus Maine performer at the Pedal Punk Salon at Oxbow.

A Circus Maine performer at the Pedal Punk Salon at Oxbow.

That evening we held an open to the public Salon at Oxbow Blending and Bottling. Salon attendees heard from Cirque Mechanics’ Artistic Director, Chris Lashua and witnessed a BMX demonstration by company member, Blake Hicks. Circus Maine artists joined the fun performing for the crowd throughout the evening.

 

stp_img_6539_marySchool Kids Join the Circus

Events continued the next day, starting at Merrill Auditorium where 1700 school area students attended the School-Time Performance of Pedal Punk.

Students were able to interact with the troupe in a post-performance Q and A session. Following the performance our partners at Circus Maine offered a Circus Sampler workshop over at Thompson’s Point giving school students interested in the circus arts a chance to try trapeze, fabric, trampoline, juggling and more.

Circus Maine Workshop photo gallery below:

An Evening at the Circus

That same evening Circus Maine was back with a pre-performance lecture prior to the main stage performance, giving attendees insight into the circus arts before experiencing them from the stage.

Pre-Performance Lec/Dem photo gallery below:

It all consummated with the amazing main stage performance. Despite the rain, many took advantage of the FREE valet bike service provided by our partners at Bicycle Coalition of Maine, coupled with an incentive of a special $15 ticket price for riding bikes to the performance.

Photo gallery from the night of the performance below:

If you were a part of any of the activities we would love to hear from you as it was a thrilling couple of days for us as an organization, our partners and hopefully you our patrons and community. Maybe our efforts even made you want to “ride” off and join the circus!

 

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