Le Cirque Esprit to swing into TCA for March 7 performance


Acrobatic performers with Le Cirque Esprit. Submitted photo.

Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) will welcome breathtaking circus artistry with live music to the stage on March 7 with the national touring show featuring aerial acrobatics by members of The Boston Circus Guild and live orchestrations by the contemporary group Cordis.

 Le Cirque Esprit is a spectacular tapestry of lights, acrobatics and aerial work, backed by alt-classical/electronic/percussive music pioneers Cordis. The show tells the story of the “Spirit of the Machine,” a thrilling, family-friendly tale, where machines become heroes in the middle of the night. It is based on the Greek mythological tale of Talos — “the first machine”— and was inspired by Cordis’ epic multi-movement suite, “The Only,” which features mechanical instruments such as a 1902 Victor Talking Machine, a large custom-made music box, and a pocket watch. The show is packed with breathtaking acrobatics and aerial acts paired with classic steampunk-era circus artistry. 

According to the artist management group landspeedartists.com, Le Cirque Esprit has established a unique identity in American circus by “framing the pioneering contemporary music of Cordis under a spectacular tapestry of lights, acrobatics, aerial work. The result is a one-of-a-kind event Billboard Magazine called ‘sparkling moments that defy classification.’”

TCA Director Kelly Jo Gilmore said this is the first time the TCA has had this type of unique act. “We have not had anything like this before,” she said. “The closest that we had were the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats back in 2011 that patrons still talk about.”

In addition to the performance at 4 p.m., guests will be able to attend a morning workshop at 10 a.m. on March 7 for just $5. The workshop will offer an overview of Le Cirque Esprit’s production, “Spirit of the Machine” by featuring an introduction to each of the show’s primary themes, scenes, and characters, with a focus on pivotal characters, primary thematic elements in the show’s original musical score, set design, and costumes. The artists will also discuss behind-the-scenes performance preparations, which work together with the onstage production to make the magic come alive. The workshop will be co-led by members of The Boston Circus Guild, Cordis, and the Le Cirque Esprit technical team.

 3 Dudes & Dinner will offer a breakfast buffet for anyone who attends the workshop on Saturday morning. Patrons can get a behind-the-scenes look while enjoying a delicious breakfast. Those interested may attend just the workshop, just the performance, or both.

The workshop and performance are sponsored in part by the Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation. A grant award from the foundation is providing the opportunity for Tecumseh Center for the Arts to host both events at reasonable prices so many families can enjoy the high-caliber show.

Tickets for the workshop, and tickets to the 4 p.m. show, which are $30 for adults and $25 for seniors, youth and military members, may be purchased by calling 423.6617, at the box office at 400 N. Maumee St., or at thetca.org.

Tecumseh Center for the Arts’ 39th season is sponsored by 3 Dudes & Dinner. The National Touring Season is sponsored in part by Tuckey’s Big Boy and Carpet on Wheels. The Le Cirque Esprit show sponsor is Kirchhoff Automotive.


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