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A high-flying trip back to the Wild West

Cirque Mechanics' show 'Boom Town' performed Friday at Tech's Ferst Center

POSTED: February 17, 2011 12:30 a.m.
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The Circue Mechanics' performance "Boom Town" combines a theatrical production with circus acrobatics and high-tech mechanical devices.

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The Wild West meets Cirque de Soleil?

They are two worlds you might not imagine intersecting, but they come together in

Cirque Mechanics' latest production, "Boom Town."

You can experience it at 8 p.m. Friday at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech.

In the show, veteran performers of the Moscow Circus, Cirque du Soleil, Pickle Family Circus and other world-renowned companies, fly, climb and contort their way through a western mining town.

"Boom Town" is set in the 1860s in the small frontier town of Rosebud, where two saloon owners hope to cash in on the town's gold rush frenzy. The circus performers stell the story through a series of explosive events, brawls, an unexpected romance and a lucrative discovery.

As in their previous production "Birdhouse Factory," Cirque Mechanics explores the relationship between man and machine. It uses unique mechanical apparatuses inspired by historic mining equipment of the gold rush era, with performers climbing swaying telegraph poles, dancing on a swinging chandelier, flying high on a revolving crane, flipping and jumping on moving ore carts and balancing on whiskey jugs.

The group was founded by Boston native Chris Lashua, a Cirque du Soleil veteran, in 2004 as a combination of theater, the circus, history and all things mechanical in a family-friendly performance.

Now based in Las Vegas, Cirque Mechanics combines traditional circus disciplines with cirque elements to tell a "real world" story with theatricality.



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