Cirque Mechanics' circus troupe perform on stage.

Performance: Cirque Mechanics — Zephyr


Event Details

Thursday, February 15, 2024

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Frederick C. Tillis Performance Hall

151 Presidents Drive

Amherst MA 01003

Tickets $55-$35; Five College Students and Youth 17 & Under $15-$10

Event Website

Online registration or tickets


Steven Robbins

Fine Arts Center


Our second February performing arts event offers a second powerful incentive to get yourself and your kids out of the house and get the interminable winter out of your head.

In Zephyr — A Whirlwind of Circus the ever-inventive Cirque Mechanics offer the latest expression of their celebrated blend of ingenuity, theater, and circus arts.

Founded in 2004 by Boston native and German wheel artist Chris Lashua, Las Vegas-based Cirque Mechanics, quickly established itself as a premier American circus troupe. The company is revered for its unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling, and innovative mechanical staging. Spectacle hailed it as “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil.”

Zephyr tells the story of Nigel, a mill owner and operator, and his complicated relationship with wind, the natural resource that powers his flour mill. Humans have been harnessing the power of the wind for thousands of years. And it was the beauty of that timeless process that inspired the creative team at Cirque Mechanics to create Zephyr, a show that features a performance windmill as its multi-functional mechanical centerpiece, but that ultimately harnesses not wind but human power to generate an energetic, acrobatic experience.