Illustration of a windmill that looks like a circus tent. In front, there is a photo of a man flying mid-air, with his arms and legs spread wide. Text reads,

Zephyr

Cirque Mechanics
from Las Vegas, Nevada

March 29 – April 5, 2023
Recommended Grades
Grades 3 – 8
Price
Students: $2
Chaperones: $5
What Kind of Show?
Circus; peppy and daring
Running Time
1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission
Venue
The New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

School-time tickets may only be booked by Partner organizations.

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Sensory-Friendly Performance

About the Show

Throwing all caution to the wind, the adrenaline-driven daredevils of Cirque Mechanics (42FT, 2019) are back with an all-new mechanical masterpiece: a 20-foot-tall windmill powered by sheer strength! Set on a rotating turntable, there’s practically nothing in Zephyr  that won’t spin—including your head—as acrobats brazenly balance atop the windmill’s blades and fearlessly face the Wheel of Destiny. A turbine tug of war between man, nature and machine, Zephyr is a whirlwind of circus that’ll blow you away.

High-flying, free wheeling fun

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Did You Know?

  1. Windmills may be powerful, but a zephyr is a gentle breeze! The word comes from the name of the Greek god Zéphyros, who ruled the west wind and heralded spring.
  2. Cirque Mechanics has visited the New Victory four times before—Birdhouse Factory in 2008, Boom Town in 2011, Pedal Punk in 2015 and 42FT in 2019—and Zephyr includes several new acts for them, including foot juggling and group bicycle!
  3. In case you need more spinning, Zephyr‘s 20-foot-tall windmill will be mounted on a giant turntable, enabling the performers to change the scenery in real time.

About the Company

Cirque Mechanics builds innovative spectacles with an unmistakably Vegas sense of playfulness and grandeur. For every new show, founder and Cirque du Soleil veteran Chris Lashua starts by sketching an elaborate machine—a boiler-trolley, a trampoline-cart, a pedal-driven gantry—that will serve as the onstage centerpiece. Around this mechanical marvel, the ensemble of aerialists, jugglers and gymnasts builds a theatrical circus experience that showcases the relationship between humankind and the machines we create.

Director, Founder, Machine Designer
Chris Lashua

Co-Founder, Marketing Director
Aida Lashua

Co-Director, Choreographer
Aloysia Gavre

Co-Director, Set Designer, Rigging Designer
Sean Riley

Co-Director, Dramaturg
Steven Ragatz

General Stage Manager, Creative Team Liaison, Director of Production
Janeen Johnson

Acrobatic Captain, Act Development Lead
Wes Hatfield

Lighting Director
Anthony Powers

Lighting Designer
Joe D’Emilio

Composer
Michael Picton