La Galerie by La Machine de Cirque
13 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris
Capacity 550 seats
Recommended for ages 5 and up
Highlights: La Galerie by La Machine de Cirque
In La Galerie, the acrobats stand amidst a monochrome exhibition… This opening image does not appear to bode well for the works on display. However, it is with excitement that we discover this new show at La Scala by the creators of the Machine de Cirque, a team synonymous with creativity and mastery of humor.
Story: La Galerie by La Machine de Cirque
When seven acrobats and a musician enter a monochrome exhibition, their creativity is unleashed and color explodes. In La Galerie, surprising acrobatic numbers follow one after another, with a succession of stunts, humor, and a good dose of poetry. La Galerie is a show that will delight young and old alike; An imminent pleasure not to be missed at La Scala!
Wedged between hair salons and trendy vintage stores in Paris’ 10th Arrondissement, La Scala is a newly renovated “café-concert hall” hosting a wide variety of entertainment, including theatre, dance, concerts, and circus performances. Once the first major English-style music halls in France, now remade with state of the art modular technology, the venue has undergone multiple makeovers since it first opened its doors in 1873. It made its humble debut as a Parisian guinguette, an intimate meeting place for drinking and dancing, but later evolved into a concert hall, theatre venue, and finally an art deco cinema. Perhaps the strangest chapter of La Scala’s history came in 1999, when it was purchased by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, who envisioned the venue as a meeting place for a religious cult. However, its neighbours protested, and Paris’ city council refused to give the church permission for its plans. La Scala was closed, lying derelict for 16 years.
However, this changed in 2016 when the space was purchased by a pair of seasoned theatre producers. They transformed the space into a 550-seat modular theatre with technology to support the full range of performances they imagined for the space. Both its auditorium and restaurant feature designs from scenographer Richard Peduzzi, the man behind the Milan Scala, an opera house which has hosted nearly every great Italian opera singer since 1778. Inspired by this long heritage, Paris’ own imitation is now a gem of the city’s theatre scene with an impressively diverse programme of shows.
Handicap Accessible: Yes, though please contact us beforehand to ensure you get the best place.
Air conditioning: Yes