Through Gabriel Kenedi
A Toulouse, the Halle de la Machine organizes “La Grande Impro” and provides many activities during the holidays of the Toussaint. Here is the program.
The Great Improv
From October 23 to November 7, 2021, the Machine Hall to organise “La Grande Impro”. For the occasion, a team of Great Agitators is coming to Montaudran with the firm intention of revisiting the stories of the machines and the most emblematic scenes of the shows of the Compagnie La Machine.
For the occasion, Jo Dahan, Stéphane Chivot, Maxime Barnabé, Benjamin Bottinelli and Sylvain Praud will be present for 15 days.
“These Great Agitators are builders, dancers, actors, directors, clowns, musicians. They have collaborated with Philippe Découflé, Royal de Luxe, Cirkatomik, Maboul Distorsion, Ariane Mnouchkine and of course François Delaroziere and La Machine. five continents, their boss. Old wise men who remember… well not always. They are accomplices but not necessarily agree. They know the machines like their pockets and will know how to operate them to perfection, well we hope!
“The Great Agitators never travel alone… Some will find in the mechanical labyrinth of the Hall, the machines they have imagined (those they think they have created). The others will unveil unique machines like La Machine à danser ”… Quite a program!
But that’s not all ! La Grande Impro will also welcome Mino Malan, musical director of La Machine who concocts a musical weekend October 23 and 24 with the Léguevin harmony orchestra. Pascal Sansas and his 50 musicians have seized the musical compositions of the show “Le Gardien du Temple” which capsized the hearts of Toulouse residents in 2018. Appointment for musical interludes on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October.
> Saturday 23 October: musical interludes from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and outdoor concert at 5.30 p.m.
> Sunday 24 October: musical interludes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and concert at 3 p.m. in the Halle.
Menzimuck will wake up
On the weekend of October 30 and 31, Polo Loridant, the Company’s director of special effects, will wake up the Menzimuck : half forest machine, half spider shovel,
vestige of the show Les Mécaniques Savantes played in 2008 in Liverpool, then European cultural capital.
“The Menzimuck can dance, dialogue with the great Spider or the Minotaur and sometimes she hugs a Great Agitator”.
> Rendezvous on October 30 & 31 for the awakening of the spider shovel near the Halle de La Machine.
Small Mechanics Lunch
For gourmets, every Saturday and Sunday at noon, the Minotaure Café concocts you a Small Mechanics Lunch. Come and taste dishes imagined by Chef Simon Carlier (restaurant Solides), lovingly prepared with local products,
and served by True Machinists.
Bread catapults, plate cart, appetizer dispensers, wine serving machines are all essential tools for the smooth running of the meal. To participate, count 50 euros per person.
Another highlight: the musical workshops. For an hour, Mino Malan invites young and old to immerse themselves in the sound universe of La Symphonie Mécanique.
After having discovered the process of creation and anecdotes concerning these funny sound mechanics, the participants are invited to become machinist performers at the heart of the Grande Impro.
> Tuesday October 26 and Tuesday November 2 – 3.30 p.m.
From 8 to 88 years old (children under 12 must be accompanied)
Workshop prices + visit to the Halle: € 17.50 / € 15 (under 18, students, job seekers, people with disabilities)
It will also always be possible to travel on the back of a Minotaur, to take a ride on the Carré-Sénart merry-go-round, or even to see the “Building the Dragon of Calais” exhibition. In short, there is plenty to do at the Halle de La Machine!
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