Today marks the first official day of spring, so why not celebrate by watching circus performers bounce like Tigger, fly like butterflies, and curl their bodies up like harassed caterpillars? Check out Cirque Mechanics Off-Broadway performance Birdhouse Factory, a 90-minute acrobatic joyride inspired by Mexican artist Diego Rivera and cartoonist Rube Goldberg, along with Charlie Chaplins movie Modern Times. Chris Lashua, the former BMX rider and Birdhouses creative director, came up with the concept and is also credited with birthing Cirque du Soleils German Wheel act. (You know the one, where the guy stands spread-eagle in a giant wheel and spins until his face is nearly parallel to the floor.) Anyhow, the Birdhouse storyline follows a bunch of factory workers going about their day like cogs in the machineyes, this may hit a little close to homeuntil a little birdie breaks through to shake things up. Expect to see unicyclists, trapeze artists, clowns, and contortionists performing familiar acts in unexpected ways, using machinery youve only fantasized about.
Report to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts Au-Rene Theater at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale to see today's 8 p.m. show. Tickets cost $25 to $65. Call 954-462-0222, or visit browardcenter.org.
Fri., March 20, 8 p.m., 2009