Ballades Mechaniques (ver 1.0)

A story-telling machine for 365days/365plays

Made entirely of found and salvaged materials, Ballades Mechanique (ver 1.0) is a Rube Goldberg-inspired machine that fashions an individual sensory experience of 7 of 365 plays by Suzan-Lori Parks’s 365days/365plays collection. The user selects a story, thus activating the machine and the experience. The plays are performed with the assistance of digital video and image stills and are re-imagined with animations and puppets, creating an aural/visual accompaniment to Parks’ rhythmically distinct and intensely succinct writing.

On display at Big Bear Cafe Oct 8-28, 2007

Cafe Hours: MO-FR 7:00am to 9:00pm, SA 7:30am to 6:00pm, SU 9:00am to 5:00pm

Press Release


Artistic Collaborators

Niell DuVal

Design and Fabrication

Carmen C. Wong

Director, Project and Video Concept

Cort Smith


Larissa Cyran

Puppet Craft and Scenic Painting

Levia Lew

Visual Assistance

Voices by

Meera Narasimhan

Manoj Tiwari

Many thanks to

Danielle Mages Amato and Phil Mages

Stu Davenport

Kevin Brennan

Lana Labermeier

Max Menna

Amber Parker