"Kinetic Circus" Performance Comes to South Park Blocks, May 17
Author: David Santen, Office of Marketing and Communications (503-725-8789)
Posted: May 16, 2005

Portland State University students in Sarah Wolf Newlands' Freshmen Inquiry course, inspired by the art of Alexander Calder, have partnered with students age 4–6 and 10-12 from the ChildPeace Montessori School (1516 NW Thurman St.) to put on a “kinetic circus” in the South Park Blocks at PSU. The finished product will act very much like a real circus, with different acts playing simultaneously in a show-like fashion, and featuring an amazing strong man, trapeze artists, dancers, a liger, a cannon and other performances.

Tuesday, May 17, noon to 1 p.m.

South Park Blocks at Portland State University (moved to PSU’s Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park, in the event of rain).

The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact PSU student Aaron Krug at 503-647-2446.

The kinetic circus was one of the art projects pioneered by Alexander Calder, with many acts that move and operate on mechanical principles using tools such as cams and cranks. Fourth through sixth graders at ChildPeace Montessori learned mechanical techniques from resident kinetic sculpture expert Ethan Ham and then came up with their own ideas, working with Portland State students to assess the ideas' feasibility and then to make it happen mechanically. They then mentored younger ChildPeace students, who will participate in the performance.

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For Immediate Release (#05-076)