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The Capitol Center for the Arts presents Squonk Opera who will give two performances of their work, Cycle Sonic, a unique work which celebrates bicycles with human-powered stages, propelled by the group’s original chamber rock music…and its own legs!

Cycle Sonic celebrates bicycles with human-powered stages, propelled by our original chamber rock music…and our own legs!

Sprouting bulb-horns and whirligigs, whistles and bells, these parade floats become instruments of music through the swirl and thump of wheel and pedal. A pageant of double-decker bike-stages creates a merry Cycle Sonic ruckus.

Giant, animated bikers circle the audience, with backdrops of undulating flags and 20-foot legs pumping with the rhythm of sustainable power. With no carbon footprint, Cycle Sonic combines the thrill of a live concert with the world of everyday transit.

Cycle Sonic is driven by an exploration of velocipedes, dandy-horses and rickshaws, embracing mechanical complexity and transparency of function.

Everything comes in cycles: bikes had a golden age, and were the impetus for the invention of chains, shafts, pneumatic tires, transmissions, suspensions and mass production. Early bike-makers included Henry Ford and the Wright brothers. But here in the U.S., bikes morphed into a child’s toy with the advent of fossil fuel. Cycle Sonic will celebrate the resurgence of bikes that serves sustainability, public health and civic life.