We watched Boom Town last night --the current touring show of the Cirque Mechanics. The show takes place in the wild west in the 1860's. The storyline follows a prospector, feuding saloon owners, forbidden young love, and the antics of the town kleptomaniac (a sweet-looking girl). Though, not advertised as such--it's true steampunk entertainment.
These telegraph poles were vertical most of the show, but during one act the ropes let the poles swing up and down for the acrobats to interact with them.
That is steampunk-- Not covering up or hiding the mechanics of how things work, but exhibiting them and celebrating them.
There were some more fun acts as well. A scene with a silhouette screen where the town kleptomaniac is going through her haul from the day. A dancer en pointe dancing and hand balancing on palm-sized disks three feet above the saloon table.
But the jewel of the show (and the steampunk entertainment) was the trapeze act on the man-powered crane.
(Crane rehersal photo credits here.)
The show was amazing. A number of the troupe are veteran Cirque du Soleil performers. The show had a clever storyline that pulled all the acts together, and it was very family friendly. We took Owen (6) and Jonas (3) and they loved it. (And to tell the truth it held their attention better than the Muppet movie we took them to the week before.) The show goes east from here. If you have the chance I would highly recommend taking advantage of this most excellent production.