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A walking, mechanical, art installation and street theatre show. Incorporating live, interactive, aerial circus performance and music.
A walking, mechanical, art installation and street theatre show. Incorporating live, interactive, aerial circus performance and music.
162 backers pledged £8,540 to help bring this project to life.

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A melancholy, mechanical beast wanders into a crowd of onlookers. Part life raft, part symbiotic colony, with a living heart that will beat forever, it seeks to replace its long dead crew.

Built on a distant planet by a species that brought about it’s own extinction, this extraordinary creature has travelled long through time and space in search of a new home.

Each crew member must embody one of five human qualities. They represent the building blocks of a peaceful and progressive society. The Marie Celestial will not rest until it has drunk its fill of curiosity, hope, love, courage and vision. It’s mechanism can sense your feelings. Those who embody one of these qualities, will be compelled to become part of it.

Engulfed by an impossible sadness over the death of the original crew, the Marie Celestial has remained hidden for generations, fearful and rusting to pieces, deep beneath an ocean. Driven mad by it’s solitude, yet harbouring a glimmer of hope, finally, carefully it will emerge.

According to our calculations the creature will reach the shores of the UK in early 2015, from whence it will travel the country during summer months. You may encounter it at a selection of creative, public events.

A rich, emotional, audience experience that gathers pace as the crew are chosen and assimilated

The Marie Celestial is a human powered, roving stage. Constructed from steel, with integral strength points that support acrobatic performers. They manipulate and propel the machine. It is an gigantic, puppet machine.

The ship is constructed around a massive, beating iron heart. Each character who is consumed, causes the ship to regenerate. It mutates with mechanical transformations, pyrotechnic effects and dynamically changing light and sound.

The Marie Celestial is a story of community in action in a rapidly changing world. The colony races to evolve alongside technology, just as human beings are doing now.

Will she complete her celestial voyage?

The future of the Marie Celestial lies in your hands.

We need donations from you to complete this project

If you make a donation you will be part of bringing the Marie Celestial to life in front of a huge audience. We have tour dates pencilled in Bristol, Brighton, Winchester, Great Yarmouth, Stoke on Trent, Stockton on Tees, France and Germany. Join us in our quest!

Rewards and gifts for Christmas

We are offering a selection of one of a kind rewards to all of our donors. Created by ourselves in our workshop, we have come up with a range of momentos, artwork and experiences, many of which offer up the opportunity to become part of  the Marie Celestial Squad.

We will ship your reward to arrive in time for Christmas. 

We promise that you will be in for a fun ride. We are offering donors personal insights into the method of our madness. Regular news, stories, videos and opportunities to interact with the artists will be yours to enjoy.

Special thanks for all the support so far to Kary Stewart, Naomi Smyth, Alex Wreckage, Vik Martin, Annabelle Holland, Annabelle Lake, Imogen Rose Mcrae, Michelle Palmer, Emma Butler,  Jackie Webb, Kevin England, Alex Smith and Wagawaga.

Risks and challenges

Having built a fair few ridiculously huge and complicated things in the past we are well aware of the potential pitfalls of a massive project such as this.

In the creation of this piece we have detailed awareness of our specific challenges. Engineering and designing a large scale, aerial structure for performance is a difficult and complex thing to achieve. This is exactly why we are asking for you to support us, by donating to our kickstarter campaign. This will enable us to achieve the high production values that this flagship project deserves.

We have a construction schedule which allows for creative and engineering decisions to be carefully considered with the collaborative guidance of our network of professional supporters. Our safe working practice and attention to detail is core to the values of this project.

We are eternally grateful to have the support of other professional, creative companies including Arcadia, Wreckage International, KJE Technical, and the Invisible Circus These represent the best experience of safe practice in engineering and rigging for public performance.

We are working with an award winning director of circus to develop the show. Interaction between professional performers and the piece is integral to the cohesion of the full project.

We are insured and licensed to train members of the public and for the production of large scale outdoor, street theatre performance. We will be training our dedicated crew comprehensively in event management health and safety, so we definitely won't run anyone over.

We have a great deal of experience evaluating and minimising risk in live production scenarios and of surviving strange occurrences.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $16

    A huge, personalised thank you for your generous support on our website. Plus regular updates from our mad, construction diary. You will also receive an invitation to attend a live performance of the Marie Celestial.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $32

    Postcard print of the Marie Celestial signed by the team with a massive thank you, delivered to your door. Plus regular updates from our mad, construction diary. You will also receive an invitation to attend a live performance of the Marie Celestial.

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    Soundtrack CD with stunning limited edition artwork, signed by the artists.

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    Pledge £75 or more About $121

    Limited edition A3 screen print. Choose from a selection of Marie Celestial images by request.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $161

    Graphic illustrated novella detailing the story of the Marie Celestial. Intriguing answers to: Where did this strange machine come from? Who or what were her crew and what became of them? Find out the whole story of the Marie Celestial. The novella leaves off where the live show begins. All graphic art contributions are original work from selected artists, curated by ourselves. Herein we will publish leads to some of the hottest contemporary visual artists, for which the city of Bristol is world famous.

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    Pledge £200 or more About $322

    Build the show! A chance to spend a day in the workshop helping to construct the Marie Celestial. Tuition from the artist in metalworking, painting and set building. Meet and discuss the project with the artists and add your ideas to the mix. Buy this reward for yourself or as a present for a loved one. SHARING'S CARING: For every workshop place bought, we will match that by making a free day workshop space available for a local, young person, so your reward delivers twice! You will have a choice of optional dates between December 14 and February 15. You will need to arrange your own travel to our workshop in Bristol, UK.

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    Aerial circus skills workshop with the performance cast. Tuition from the artists in aerial hoop and silks, beginners welcome. Meet and discuss the project with the artists and add your ideas to the mix. Buy this reward for yourself or as a present for a loved one. SHARING'S CARING: For every workshop place bought, we will match that by making a free day workshop space available for a local, young person, so your reward delivers twice! You will have a choice of optional dates between December 14 and February 15. You will need to arrange your own travel to our workshop in Bristol, UK.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $402

    Original signed artwork from the artists. Choose from a selection of images created for the project, available by request. It will be a lasting reminder of the integral role you play in bringing the Marie Celestial to life. Plus you will own an original, early career artwork of unestimated value. Be sure to get it insured and keep it in the family.

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    Pledge £800 or more About $1,286

    Join the crew! Accompany the Marie Celestial as an integral member of the crew at one of our live performances in the summer. You will need to be able to commit to a day's training in spring. Dates tbc. You will need to arrange your own travel to our workshop in Bristol, UK on both occasions and we will set off from there!

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,608

    join the crew! as above plus with one off original marie celestial art work xx

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