Machine de Cirque
13 boulevard de Strasbourg, 75010 Paris
Capacity 550 seats
For all audiences
Highlights: Machine de Cirque
The fresh, new, Canadian company, Machine de Cirque, is returning to Paris with a jaw-dropping and side-splitting circus show. The troupe’s five talented performers will blow you away with their drumming, unicycle, and acrobatic acts, not to mention a sketch act featuring towels that have earned over 50 million views on YouTube! This hilarious show is perfect for families and arriving just in time for your autumn holidays.
Story: Machine de Cirque
In a post-apocalyptic universe devoid of women and computers, five boys attempt to reach out to other survivors. Their only means of communication is a large scaffold that we see transformed before our eyes into a living machine! Brimming with humor and creativity, the show hurtles masterfully through a host of wacky scenarios, complete with trapeze work, unicycling,
skittles, percussion, cartwheeling, teeterboard, and even... a set of bath towels! And if the flying charades weren't enough..the frantic rhythms of the drums accompany every act in Machine de Cirque making you jump with excitement to every beat.
Let yourself be amazed by this unusual, poetic, and comedic circus show - Machine de Cirque at La Scala in Paris!
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
How do I get to the theatre?
The theatre, La Scala is accessible by the metro stations Strasbourg - Saint-Denis (Lines 4, 8, 9) and Jacques Bonsergent (Line 5). Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
What do I do when I get to La Scala?
We invite you to arrive 20 minutes before the beginning of Machine de Cirque, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.
How long does Machine de Cirque last?
The show Machine de Cirque lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission
Does La Scala have a specific dress code?
For Parisian shows, the dress tends to be casual, so feel free to dress in comfortable attire though we recommend avoiding caps and flip-flops. It is common for Parisians to arrive directly from work, dressed in smart-casual attire.
Is tipping customary?
Tips are not mandatory in Parisian theatres, including La Scala in Paris. However, ushers will usually expect a small tip of between 2€ and 5€, which you can give them when they've shown you to your seat. Fun fact: the French word for “tip” is “pourboire,” which literally translates to “to have a drink.”
Is it a show for international tourists or for the French?
Can I take photos during the performance of Machine de Cirque?
In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film or record the performance for the duration of Machine de Cirque. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the wonderful Scala to remember your night out!