“Cirque Mechanics” coming to the Summit City

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A new show is coming to town this weekend. It’s called Cirque Mechanics and it combines circus and orchestra. Saturday will be the first time for it to stop in Fort Wayne. It’s put on by a traveling troupe from Cirque Mechanics and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

“It’s a great evening and a great afternoon for music at the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Concert. We have a spectacle of guest artists, acrobats, jugglers, artists that are going to be performing live for our audience, so it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Sameer Patel, the associate conductor for the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

Organizers said it’s a way to take the circus to the next level.

“It’s a show that threads together the orchestra classics with the oohs and ahhs and the wow factor of circus,” said Chris Lashua, the show’s creative director and producer.

The show features nearly 100 musicians from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and several traveling acrobats.

“There’s juggling, there’s handstands and all those kinds of things, but it’s that kind of ability to work with the symphony. It’s a really, really powerful thing to have 80 musicians behind you playing that live,” said Lashua.

It takes more than twenty crew members about an hour and a half to set up the stage for each performance.

“Rather than hiding things behind the curtain or behind smoke in this fantasy world, we want to kind of open up the clock. We want to let people see the gears and the mechanics of how things work and the magic of that,” said Lashua.

The acrobats use a contraption called the “Gantry Bike” throughout the show.

“Essentially, it’s a completely portable circus platform. So, we have aerialists flying off the top of it, we have a platform that’s ten feet in the air with a contortionist on top of it, we have comedy, we have acrobatics, and we have this 22 foot apparatus that’s within inches of $30,000 violins and the front row of spectators,” said Lashua.

They’ll be doing more than just your standard flips and twists, though. Organizers said the show gives the audience a new way to interact with the cast.

“One of the great things about this program is that the orchestra is featured in some terrific music and also, the added visual bonus of having these great artists on stage, will provide for a really spectacular event,” said Patel.

Patel said much of the music performed at Saturday’s shows will be familiar to the audience.

“This is all music that we’ve all grown up with, hearing on the TV or on the radio, and so it will be nice to see and experience this by hearing the orchestra perform it on stage here at the Embassy,” said Patel.

There are still tickets available. They start at $28. The Saturday afternoon show starts at 2:00 p.m at the Embassy Theatre, and the evening show kicks off at 8:00 p.m. The Embassy Theatre is located in Fort Wayne at 125 West Jefferson Boulevard.

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