Roll right up and see before your very eyes how a woeful widget factory becomes a frolicsome funhouse in Birdhouse Factory, which will run at Interlochen Center for the Arts on Monday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Created and directed by Chris Lashua, the originator of the German Wheel act in Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam, and featuring veterans of the Pickle Family and Moscow Circuses, Birdhouse Factory uses a decidedly fresh aesthetic to showcase their high-flying, mindboggling talent.
Birdhouse Factory has wowed audiences worldwide from a critically acclaimed off Broadway run and US tour to a highly successful European tour and performances in Dubai and Hong Kong.
Assembly workers become ecstatic with aerial ambition, crane operators twist and transmute into strange and silly shapes, and gravity-defying mechanics ignite endless “oohs” and “aahs” when unexpected inspiration flies into their world. Much more than just cogs in a wheel, the powerful performers in this off-the-wall production exact a seamless blend of physical prowess and colorful creativity in their 90-minute production. Birdhouse Factory was inspired in part by the masterful industry murals of Mexican artist Diego Rivera, the outrageous illustrations of cartoonist Rube Goldberg, and the slap-stick style humor of Charlie Chaplin’s film “Modern Times.”
Birdhouse Factory creator and director Chris Lashua is hailed worldwide for his daring and inventive expertise with the German Wheel (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, The Academy Awards, The 1996 Atlanta Olympics). Chris’s obsession with wheels began over 20 years ago when he achieved success as a professional freestyle bicyclist in the early 80s. Shortly thereafter, he joined Cirque du Soleil, where he performed for several years. After close collaboration with friends and former colleagues to develop what they’d consider to be the ultimate cirque show, Birdhouse Factory was born.
Co-director, choreographer and costume designer is Aloysia Gavre. All Birdhouse Factory machines and circus props were designed and fabricated by Chris Lashua and Chris Taylor, Tony Roan and fellow artist, Michael Redinger. Set design is by Sean Riley, lighting design is by Heather Basarab with additional designs by lighting director Blake Manship, sound design is by Rex Camphuis, and musical composition is by Cody Westheimer and Julia Newman.
The cast of Birdhouse Factory includes character artists Jesse Dryden and Steven Ragatz and acrobats Michael Redinger, Patrick McGuire, Wes Hatfield, Ganchimeg Oyunchimeg, Sagiv Ben Binyamin, Aloysia Gavre and Lindsay Orton.
Birdhouse Factory was originally produced by the Circus Center of San Francisco and the Pickle Family Circus. The original production was directed by Chris Lashua and co-directed by Rex Camphuis, Sandra Feusi, Aloysia Gavre and Sam Payne.
Birdhouse Factory is for all ages, but best for children over four years old.
Monday October 28 7:30 pm
Tickets are $28 adult, $25 senior and $10 student, and can be purchased online at tickets.interlochen.org or by calling the Interlochen Box Office at 800.681.5920.
On sale now:
• ONLINE at tickets.interlochen.org
• BY PHONE at 800.681.5920
• IN PERSON at the Interlochen Center for the Arts Box Office