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Cirque Mechanics


Cirque Mechanics
42FT—A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Daredevil antics and acrobatics in inventive, playful latest work by circus with a flair for the mechanical.

Related Events
In partnership with the Montshire Museum of Science, there are many ways to explore the science of the circus! As well as a holiday Milk and Cookies reception on Saturday following the 1 pm show.
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The Moore Theater

The Top of the Hop Bar will be open 1 hour
prior to all evening shows in The Moore Theater.
Bring your ticket for $1 off any drink.



“Daredevil antics, circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders.” Anchorage Press

Acrobatics and clowning meet early-industrial mechanical ingenuity in Cirque Mechanics, which delighted Hop audiences with Birdhouse Factory and Pedal Punk. This show centers on an old-time circus with a classic 42-foot ring. That ring is transformed, Cirque Mechanics-style, with such human-powered inventions as a galloping metal horse and a rotating tent frame serving strongmen, tumblers and aerialists. Cirque’s playful, welcoming presence invites all ages to dream and devise with them. Runtime: 1h20m w/intermission


Professional Development Webinar: Balance and Spinning Things
Wed, November 28 • 3:30-4:45pm
$15 for Montshire Museum members; $18 for non-members
For teachers of grades 4–8. Pre-registration is required two weeks prior to workshop to allow for shipping of materials. Explore the two fundamental scientific principles of balance and spinning by making toys! Experiment with various materials to find out what makes a top spin well (or not) and create balance toys that appear to defy gravity. We’ll discuss ideas around center of gravity, mass, and the stability of spinning objects. Register at montshire.org

Family Makerspace with the Montshire
Fri, December 7 • 6:30-7:45 pm • Top of the Hop • Free
Drop-in before the show and explore the science of Cirque Mechanics with the Montshire Museum of Science. Make a spinning top to explore different kinds of motion and create a whimsical balancing toy.

Montshire Makers @ the Hop
Fri, December 7 • 6:15-7:45 pm • Room 59, Hopkins Center
$15 for Montshire Museum members; $18 for non-members
Montshire Makers is the Montshire Museum of Science’s middle school program for curious and creative kids who want to design, build, and invent — all while hanging out. This monthly evening program’s December session will be a special event at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and includes a ticket to see Cirque Mechanics’ 42FT: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels at 8pm! Before the show, experiment with the science of balance and play by using unique paper and metal materials to create a work of art that balances. An ice skater, a tightrope walker, or even a basketball spinning on a finger can appear momentarily suspended in the air by magic, but it’s all about mass distribution and center of gravity (and lots of practice!). No magic wand required. Registration is required for this event. Register at montshire.org

Circus Science @ the Montshire!
Sat, December 8 • Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT
Free with museum admission; no registration required
Visit the Montshire’s Science Discovery Lab to explore the scientific principles of balance. Learn all about how our own bodies balance. Create whimsical balancing toys. Investigate rotational motion by creating different spinning top designs. This special program was developed in partnership with the Hopkins Center for the Arts and inspired by the Cirque Mechanics production, 42FT—A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels. Learn More

Milk and Cookies Reception
Sat, December 8, 2 pm • Top of the Hop • Free
Join us after the matinée show for this holiday member-sponsored event! The event also includes hot chocolate, a visit from the cast members and a child-friendly craft. This free event underscores the fact that members support the Hop’s K-12 and family programming.


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