The performers of Machine de Cirque
are building a contraption to communicate with the outside world, but their wacky stunts and daring tricks distract them from the task. Get your tickets to see this quirky crew of daredevils here
In this Family Activity, you and your family will build a simple machine before the show, practice some contact juggling on your way and deepen your understanding through a post-show game and discussion.
Machine de Cirque
combines circus and technology. The five performers work together to make a machine that works, while adding in a good amount of fun. In this activity, create your very own machine.
Six or seven popsicle sticks (depending on size), seven rubber bands, one spoon, one small item
Gather your materials. Then, bundle four to five popsicle sticks together with a rubber band on either end.
Use a rubber band to tie two more popsicle sticks together on one end only. You should be able to separate them on the opposite end. Place your bundle of four or five inbetween the two popsicle sticks.
Secure these two pieces together with two rubber bands crisscrossed in the center.
Attach a spoon to the top popsicle stick, above the center crisscross rubber band. Attach the spoon with two more rubber bands.
You now have a catapult! Place an object into the spoon, press down and RELEASE.
What are some other items you can catapult? Try a marshmallow, a tiny rolled up paper ball, a bean or anything small enough to fit into the spoon.
Challenge your family!
- Can someone catch the small catapulted item?
- Can you aim your object into a bucket, cup or trash can?
- Can you play a game of catapult catch with a partner and their own machine?
The folks of Machine de Cirque
are also skilled jugglers. One form of juggling that they practice is contact juggling, or manipulating an object while it's in contact with their bodies. In this activity, explore ways you can practice the skill of contact juggling on your way to the theater!
A paper rolled up into a ball that fits into the palm of your hand
Make your paper ball.
Place your paper ball between your hands, with your palms facing down. Then, try to catch the paper ball as you flip your hands (your palms should now face up). See how many times you can do this in a row. Ask your family and friends to give it a try.
How can you level this up? Toss it to your feet? Try it with one hand? We tried tossing the ball from our elbow and catching it.
You will see the performers of Machine de Cirque
do contact juggling with hats. Are you wearing a hat today? Try it out!
Once you've seen Machine de Cirque,
answer these questions and try this activity inspired by the show:
- Machine de Cirque centers around technology. If you made a circus, what acts would you include?
- Which chores would you like to be easier? What kind of machine would you make to help with these tasks?
- What would you do if all technology and machines disappeared? Think of how you get ready in the morning and how you travel to work or school. How would your routine change?
The performers of Machine de Cirque
create games and challenges with anything they can find. In this activity, create your very own game with things you can find in your home.
Small objects that can act as game pieces, one piece of paper, something to write with
Create your board, making sure there is a start and an end. Create different shapes for games spaces that create a path from the start to the finish.
Each player selects a small item to use as their game piece.
Brainstorm challenges you can write in each board game space. Here is a list of some of our favorites, but don’t forget to create your own.
- Contact juggle a cookie with your face!
- Blow a cup to the finish line.
- Stack pennies on your elbow to make the tallest tower!
- Draw off—who can draw the machine from Machine de Cirque first?
Think of challenges where someone has to finish first.
The person who successfully completes the mini challenge moves forward. The first person to get to the end wins the game.
Here are some ways to continue your Machine De Cirque journey out in the world.
||Making mayhem of their scrap metal set with a live percussive soundscape, this quirky crew of daredevils sure knows how to manufacture endless comedic madness. Get your tickets to Machine de Cirque today!