Saturday, October 10, 2009

Amazing big and little giants

This has to be the most gorgeous thing I've seen in a long, long while. Truly uplifting public art. And from what I can gather, celebratory and cathartic.

It is the street theatre performance '
The Berlin Reunion' by French Theatre company Royal de Luxe in Berlin on 4 October to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany's reunification. And it gives 'street theatre' new meaning!

You get a better idea of the scale of these giant puppets from this photo.

The story is of a giant who battles sea monsters and such to bring down a wall dividing him from his little niece, and on his victory goes searching through the streets to be reunited with her. 1.5 million people filled Berlin's streets to watch the performance!

The full page photographs featured on The Big Picture are truly amazing, and really capture the details, textures and size of the amazing puppets – the detail, the theatre company's technical feats, and the enormity of the project. And capture the story really well. I wonder if we would ever get anything like it in Melbourne, or elsewhere in Australia. Perhaps to celebrate reconciliation and a treaty between black and white Australia? Someday.

There's also a video of the performance.

The photos I've shown here are creative commons-licensed photos from flickr. From the top, there are by azrael74, derSven ¶ and derSven ¶.

There's also a Royal de Luxe Central photo pool on flickr.

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