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La Machine company

AT THE HEART OF LA MACHINE’S ARTISTIC approach, MOVEMENT IS read AS A LANGUAge, as a source of emotion. THROUGH each of these LIVING ARCHITECTUREs, THE IDEA IS TO DREAM OF TOMORROW’S CITIES, AND thanks to this, TRansform THE WAY we look at our towns.

Today, La Machine develops many projects in the field of urban development – Les Machines de l’Île in Nantes, Les Animaux de la place in La Roche sur Yon, Le Manège Carré Sénart… – as well as for street theatre – Long Ma Jing Shen, Les Mécaniques Savantes, La Symphonie Mécanique, L’Expédition Végétale, Le Dîner des Petites Mécaniques…

The company, led by François Delarozière, came about thanks to artists, technicians and theatre designers working together for the construction of unusual theatre objects. To bring its creations to life, La Machine has set up two workshops, one in Nantes and one in Tournefeuille. They are home of many different trades and crafts from theatre and the arts, to industry and advanced technology. People and their skills are the very essence of the creative process.


1999

La Machine Company
The non-profit organisation is set up

2000

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Andrea’s Carousel
Leaving the workshop

2001

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Machines de l’Île in Nantes

Project design, in collaboration with Pierre Orefice

2002

Lisbon/ Lisboà
Exhibition – Parc de la Villette in Paris

2003

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Le Grand Répertoire – Machines for Performances
Creation

4-la-symphonie-mecanique
La Symphonie Mécanique
Creation

2004

5-bateau-lavoir-jardins-flottants
Le Bateau-Lavoir
Created for the Nantes Floralies

6-la-serre-volante
La Serre volante
Created for the Nantes Floralies

2005

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Le Grand Éléphant des Machines de l’Île
The construction begins

8-rahabilitation-du-channel-scene-nationale-de-calais
The Channel Theatre in Calais
Refurbishment begins, in collaboration with P. Bouchain

2007

9-inauguration-du-grand-elephant-des-machines-de-l-Ile
Les Machines de l’Île de Nantes
Opened in July

10-inauguration-du-channel-scene-nationale-de-calais
The Channel Theatre in Calais
Opened in December

Flammes
Creation

2008

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Manège Carré Sénart
Construction

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Les Mécaniques Savantes
Created for Liverpool, European Capital of Culture

2009

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La Kermesse
Creation

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Les Mécaniques Savantes
Production created for the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Port of Yokohama

2010

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L’Expédition végétale
Creation

17-le-diner-des-petites-mecaniques
Le Dîner des petites Mécaniques
Creation

18-bougies
Bougies
Creation

19-construction-carrousel-des-mondes-marins
Le Carrousel des Mondes Marins
Le Carrousel in construction for Les Machines de L’Île Company

2011

21-liberte-de-sejour-au-channel-calais
Leave to remain
Free reign at The Channel Theatre, in Calais

22-les-mecaniques-savantes-a-reims
Les Mécaniques Savantes
Street production in Reims for the 800th anniversary of the cathedral and the opening of the tramway

2012

23-inauguration-du-carrousel-des-mondes-marins
Le Carrousel des Mondes Marins
Opened in July

24-lancement-de-chantier-1er-coup-de-pelleteuse-la-roche-sur-yon
The diggers get started
The project Les Animaux de la Place is launched, in collaboration with architect A. Chémétoff

2013

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Les Animaux de la Place
Opened in September

2014

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Longma Jing Shen – Spirit of the Dragon Horse
Created and produced for the 50th anniversary of Franco-Chinese diplomatic relations

2015

Long Ma à Nantes - credit Thierry Lemaire

Long Ma : Le Retour de Chine / Nantes
For Le Voyage à Nantes, Long Ma come back from China and stay in the island of Nantes

2016

Long Ma à Calais ®Jordi Bover

Longma Jing Shen / Calais
Le Channel and la Machine present for the first time in Europe the show
The Spirit of the Dragon – Horse  with the spider Kumo et Long Ma.

2017

LongMa-Ottawa©Jordi Bover

Longma Jing Shen / Ottawa
Long Ma and Kumo across the Atlantic Ocean and  perform in Ottawa for the  150th anniversary of Canadian confederation.

2018

Le Gardien du Temple - Photo Jordi Bover

The Guardian of the Temple / Toulouse
The Guardian of the Temple shows the Minotaur, Asterion,
and a giant spider who reinterpret the myth of Ariane in the streets of Toulouse,
a veritable natural labyrinth.