Torelli’s Chariot and Pole system (OL76, 8:30-9:45am)

Examine plates 9 or 10 from the entry on theatre machines in Diderot’s encyclopedia. If you were a historian that first discovered this piece of visual evidence labeled “theatre machine”, how would you describe how the machine works? In 3 sentences minimum describe everything you see in one of the two plates (9 or 10, not both). Your goal is to describe what you see in as much accurate detail as possible so that someone reading your description would understand exactly what the object looked like and how it operated. List names of your group at the start of your entry. 

7 thoughts on “Torelli’s Chariot and Pole system (OL76, 8:30-9:45am)”

  1. Group:
    Daniella Abramova
    Cinthia Gallardo
    Nicholas Cabrera

    Plate X: Section of the two sub-floors with the incline of the theatre, and [also ilustrating the] construction of the assembled frames equipped with their ironwork pieces.

    Subfloor: The subfloor is the next layer above the joists and acts as a foundation for both the underlayment and surface levels of flooring. A subfloor provides a stable, level surface that new flooring can be easily installed on

    Ironwork: A metal structure high above the stage of a theater, from which ropes or cables are strung to scenery and lights.

    This is basically telling us how the two subfloors is the panel of a platform frame of the theater and the construction of the ironwork consists of ropes or cables that are strung to the scenery lights.

  2. Group 1: Kenneth Wu, Anai Ortiz, Kimberly Mora Bello

    This diagram shows numerous parts of a piece of staging machinery which was used to move set pieces onto the stage from below. The view shows these parts in a section view that cuts down the middle and shows it from the side. The top parts are used to move the set pieces themselves, going up and down while turning, and the other pieces shown at the bottom show a greater picture, an example of a complete stage piece.

  3. Dariel Rodriguez
    Kimar Mightly
    Daniela Tomaino
    Plate X

    Plate X appears to a section view of stage design that can be used for moving scenery on stage from left to right on an incline stage. Figure three is probably held in place by figure two, then when the main wheel is spun it would cause each section of the machine to spin, that will in turn move the scenery on and off. It was probably created through iron and wood work.

  4. Amar Santhosh
    Jaskinder Pal
    Danielley Ostolaza

    – We know that this is a pulley system due to the way that the ropes go through the entire system (figure 1). A smaller gear with bars along the center (Figure 4) is used to move a larger gear (figure 3). The first line of equipment is used to move the set pieces, creating a motion of up and down and left and right. This can be used for scenery changes and curtains . In figure 1 its the the image of all the pieces in motion.

  5. Jessica Cruz
    Kevin Martinez
    Cristian Reyes

    We analyzed plate 9 figure 1 and by looking at the horizontal section of the image we realized a pulley system that can be used to bring stuff up and down from the stage. If you look at figure 3 we discovered that it has a pulley system by the attachment on the vertical column.

  6. Christina Gomes
    Ronald Perla
    Solwazi Cunningham

    PLATE 10 :
    The wheel (figure 3) allows the pieces of the machine to flow together in one union, without abruptly stopping or interrupting fixing anything backstage. For example having the curtain flow seamlessly during show. The machines use iron and wood work, to help move scenery. The wheel allows different parts of mechanism to work on its’ own by simple task of rotating figure 3.

  7. Richard Guerra
    Chase James
    Joshua Cando
    in plate nine it states “Longitudinal section of the two sub-floors, [with a] pictorial section of the breeze-blocks bearing the platforms of the trusses, and [an] elevation of the pillars of the trusses where the pulleys for returning the ropes to the drum-wheels of the counterweights are bolted down” which could mean that it could look like a catwalk or a ring top and works when you look up before or after the production. The pulley which connects the lever can pull the stage outlets up or down and you hear the wheel spinning. The trusses are meant to give the actors some shelter since its a roof made out of breeze blocks and is near the 2 sub floors.

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