L’Insolite Mécanique: Lift Off (Je brasse de l’air) @ Barbican Centre, London [from 23 to 27 January]

L’Insolite Mécanique: Lift Off (Je brasse de l’air)

23 - 27
18:30 - 18:45

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Barbican Centre
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS London, United Kingdom
Be transported into a mysterious world of shadow and light, where mechanical installations come alive, illuminating Magali Rousseau’s childhood dream of achieving flight.

An enigmatic yet charismatic artist tells her story, of a little girl wishing to escape by becoming a master of the air. As she leads us all to different parts of the atmospherically lit stage, her simple words become a symbolic force for this promenade performance in which exquisite metal creatures emerge from the dark. Some small, some very large, each is an actor, a work of art in its own right, set into action through steam power, flame, time or weight, all playing their part in this ingenious theatrical tale.

Rousseau’s astonishingly engineered machines are born out of a career working in set and prop design. Here she collaborates with musician Stéphane Diskus, whose live clarinet playing heightens the unusual ambience, to relate a most personal memory: how trying to fly became an act of resistance. A journey into the imagination, then, for all the dreamers, young and old alike.

Part of London International Mime Festival

Age guidance 7+

Performed in English and French

Sat 27 Jan, 3pm
Post-show talk
Free to same-day ticket holders

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