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L’Insolite Mécanique
LIFT OFF (Je brasse de l’air)

The Pit

UK Premiere
Tue 23 - Sat 27 Jan
Tue – Fri 6.30pm & 8.30pm
Sat 3pm & 6pm

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Tel: 0845 120 7511
45 mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 7+
*Membership, Young Barbican, under-16, student, school, access, group and business discounts apply
£3 transaction fee applies online.
£4 transaction fee applies by phone.

After-show discussion:
Sat 27 Jan after 3pm show

Performed in English and French.
This is a promenade performance.
Please contact box office with any access requirements

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Be transported into a mysterious world of shadow and light, where astonishingly engineered mechanical installations that defy the laws of gravity come alive, illuminating Magali Rousseau’s childhood dream of achieving flight.

An enigmatic yet charismatic artist tells her story: a little girl who wishes 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 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 for all dreamers, young and old alike.

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"She plays with delicacy and lightness; we are seduced"

La Nouvelle République (France)

"A unique artwork, as much an installation and exhibition as a performance. Wonderful"

Toute la Culture (France)

"Unusual, lyrical and moving"

Telerama (France)

L’Insolite Mécanique


Presented in partnership
with Barbican

This visit to London is supported by Institut français

Creative Team
Conception and Creation: Magali Rousseau
Sound and Lighting: Julien Joubert
Direction: Camille Trouvé
Movement: Marzia Gambardella
Clarinet: Stéphane Diskus
Supported by Grand Parquet – Paris,
Vélo Théâtre – Apt,
Anis Gras le lieu de l’autre – Arcueil,
La Mécanique des Anges,
Jardin d’Alice – Paris,
Cie Les Anges au Plafond