The Hall

An exhibition of performance machines, each moving and telling a tale. Explore the machines’ stable...
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The Hall

Straight out of the construction workshop based in Nantes, from the smallest which can be held in the palm of your hand to the biggest weighing up to several tonnes, these performance machines have chosen to move into La Halle de La Machine whilst waiting to set off on their travels to provide entertainment across globe. The Bread Catapult, the Blackbird Pendulum, the Wine-Serving Machine or perhaps the Aerial Service with its Pepper Mill, each machine tells a story and entertains through its movement and its identity.

Cocotte à flûtes
Écurie de machines vivantes
Catapulte à pain
Machine à caresser les plantes
Chariote à assiettes
Machines à effet
Far removed from a static stagecraft museum and closer to a street performance than a permanent exhibition, a visit to La Halle de La Machine is an invitation to explore the stories and legends behind these extra-ordinary mechanical entities. Let yourself be guided, transported and inspired by the team of Veritable Machinists, who spend each day manipulating the machines to bring them to life before your eyes.