Cirque Mechanics to soar onto Darmouth College campus

Cirque Mechanics' "42 FT— A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels" is a mechanically-oriented production featuring daredevil antics and acrobatics.

Free-wheeling circus returns to the Hop with another mechanically marvelous show

HANOVER — Acrobatics and clowning meet early-industrial mechanical ingenuity in Cirque Mechanics’ "42 FT -- A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels," today through Friday at The Moore Theater of the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College.

The shows will be accompanied by related events for various ages, co-sponsored by the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vt., and emphasizing the show's engineering aspects.

The newest show by the company that delighted Hop audiences with "Birdhouse Factory and Pedal Punk," the "42 FT" show centers on an old-time circus with a classic 42-foot ring, which is transformed with human-powered inventions such as a galloping metal horse and a rotating tent frame serving strongmen, tumblers and aerialists.

Cirque Mechanics finds its inspiration in the pre-electronic mechanical and its heart in the stories of American industrial ingenuity. The company was founded in 2004 by Boston native and German Wheel artist Chris Lashua, after the success of his collaborative project with the Circus Center of San Francisco, Birdhouse Factory.

Shows are at 7 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets range from $10 to $40.