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Livermore: Cirque Mechanics: Birdhouse Factory

Enter the most unlikely setting for a circus … a factory … where the workers are acrobats and the machines are circus props. Welcome to Birdhouse Factory! Be amazed by a contortionist performing on a turntable powered by unicyclists. Be captivated by the trapeze artist powered by the spins of an acrobat inside a giant wheel. Be stunned as the trampoline wall artists defy the laws of physics. At once both breathtaking and enchanting, this Birdhouse Factory offers a tale of laughter, love, and impossible flight.

Birdhouse Factory was inspired, in part, by the masterful industry murals of Mexican- born artist Diego Rivera, the outrageous illustrations of cartoonist Rube Goldberg and the slap-stick humor of Charlie Chaplin’s film Modern Times. While these inspirations make Birdhouse Factory artful, nostalgic and funny, the true essence of the show comes from the circus.

Birdhouse Factory is a simple story of daily life in a “widgets” factory circa 1935 as workers are brought together by the most unlikely of events, a bird accidentally injured by the main steam boiler.  The accident and caring for the bird, brings the workers closer together and inspires them to break away from the monotony of the assembly-line. They showcase their true inner talents and abilities by using their bodies and machines to build birdhouses in a more joyous and soulful way.

Ticket information here.

October 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bankhead Theater
2400 First St
Livermore, CA 94551 United States
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