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ITHACA, NY – The mesmerizing Cirque Mechanics will perform their unique steam punk inspired circus show, “Pedal Punk” at The State Theatre of Ithaca on Sunday, October 23rd at 7:00pm.

Combining traditional circus disciplines with bicycles on a cycling inspired set, Pedal Punk describes their show as a rowdy circus where the mischief is on wheels.  Fun for all ages, Spectacle Magazine hailed “Pedal Punk” as “The greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil”!

In Pedal Punk we experience the excitement, artistry and thrill that occurs when a zany bike shop mechanic interacts with cyclists and bikes and repairs more than broken pieces.  He creates wondrous machines that come to life and inspires the cyclist in all of us to unite with our inner Pedal Punk.   Creative Director Chris Lashua spent most of his career on a BMX bike and inside a German Wheel.  This new production showcases his innate passion and fascination for all things bicycles and cycling. The synergy between man and machine, the hallmark of Cirque Mechanics, is magnificently exposed in Pedal Punk.  It is that synergy that The New York Times called “exceptional, evocative, eye-catching and grossly entertaining…in a word, excellent.”

Tickets for Cirque Mechanics :: Pedal Punk are $29.50 for Adults, $24.50 for Seniors and Students and $19.50 for Children. Tickets are available through the State Theatre Box Office at 105 WestState/MLK Jr. St., by calling 607-277-8283, or online at

Fun for all ages, Pedal Punk is the next installment of the CFCU Community Credit Union and Gateway Commons COMMUNITY Series and is generously sponsored by Honda of Ithaca, Purity Ice Cream and Hotel Ithaca.

State Theatre of Ithaca Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that owns and operates Tompkins County’s last remaining historic theatre. Their mission is to enhance the cultural life of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes by preserving, operating and promoting the historic State Theatre as an active venue for national, international and community performances and programming. Over 50,000 people will attend events there during the 2016/17 season.

Michael Smith

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