Whiting presents Cirque Mechanics’ Birdhouse Factory

FLINT — 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 The Whiting on March 21, as part of the Health Alliance Plan Family Series.

Tickets range from $25-$52 and can be purchased online at TheWhiting.com, by phone at (810) 237-7333 or (888) 8-CENTER or by walk-up at The Whiting Ticket Center. The Whiting is located at 1241 E. Kearsley Street in Flint, just off I-475 between the University of Michigan Flint and Mott Community College on the Flint Cultural Center campus.

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, mind-boggling 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. 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 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.

This performance is supported by Health Alliance Plan, Genesys Regional Medical Center, abc12, Town Square Media, The View Newspapers Group, Goyette Mechanical, CK 105.5, and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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