La Machine

The often obscure and absurd world of La Machine has dazzled audiences with its magnitude and magic, turning the everyday into a mechanical dreamland.

Formed in Nantes, the company works collaboratively, relying on the skill and imagination of artists, designers and technicians to realise their ambitious vision. Experts in street theatre and artistic interventions in urban spaces, members of La Machine worked on Artichoke’s first project, bringing The Sultan’s Elephant to London in 2006.

La Machine’s creations have toured the world and include the giant creatures of Les Machines de l’Île now permanently situated in Nantes, and a robotic celebration of the historic relationship between France and China – Long Ma Jing Shen, performed in Calais, Nantes and Beijng.

The Magical Menagerie, La Machine, produced by Artichoke as part of IF Milton Keynes 2010. Photo by Matthew Andrews.