Q&A with La Machine’s Frédette Lampé
How will Ottawans become the public to a theatre without entering a playhouse?
It will be told to everyone and anyone, whatever the age or culture. The free piece will play out in places that people cross on the daily, where they work and shop regularly. They become viewers without it being planned. We are putting the city in motion.
What are the creatures made of?
We use two principal materials: steel, which is essentially the skeleton, and wood, which is the skin. Every wooden piece is sculpted in our warehouse. We also use copper, leather, horsehair, and sometimes rubber and some pneumatic machines, but never any plastic.
How do so many operators from La Machine make these beasts seem alive?
There is a director on the ground that acts like an orchestra conductor and every operator is linked by walkie-talkie. Every driver has one role, one function, and all together (they) make the machines emotive as well as mobile. The link between the operators and the machines is not dissimilar to that of a marionnettiste to its marionette, but we call them architecture in movement.