Royal de Luxe’s Berlin Reunion

October 13th, 2009, 10:03 am by Sara

As we mentioned before, the French contemporary street theater Royal de Luxe staged a citywide performance in Berlin over that unfolded over the course of three days. Over a million people came to watch. We are sad that we weren’t able to be there, but we are glad that The Big Picture at has a fantastic series of photographs of the event:

(photo by Philipp Guelland)

(photo by Philipp Guelland)


More on Royal de Luxe’s Giant Puppets

October 2nd, 2009, 11:27 am by Sara

(photo by Pascal Victor)

(photo by Pascal Victor)

It looks like this is the weekend to be in Berlin (Germany, not New York). To help celebrate Germany’s reunification, the French contemporary street theater Royal de Luxe will be staging a citywide performance that will unfold over the next three days:

On Oct. 1, a 10 meter (33 foot) geyser and a six meter (20 foot) anchor will arrive at Berlin’s Schlossplatz before the giant puppets themselves. On Oct. 2, the smaller of the enormous puppets will wake up next to the Rote Rathaus (Berlin’s city hall buidling) near Alexanderplatz. Next to her will be a postbag containing 90,000 copies of old letters and postcards intercepted by the Stasi, the secret police of the former East Germany. She will explore the district and then fall asleep in the Lustgarten, a park in central Berlin. On Oct. 3, she will head toward Checkpoint Charlie and Potsdamer Platz while the larger puppet, the deep-sea diver, emerges from the Spree River near the Hauptbahnhof, Berlin’s central train station, and moves toward the Victory Column monument. In the late afternoon, the puppets will be reunited near the Brandenburg Gate. On Oct. 4, the puppets will walk together in a parade on the Stra├če des 17. Juni, the main east-west boulevard running through the Tiergarten, Berlin’s central park. A canon will fire the letters and postcards into the air, returning the confiscated messages to the gathered crowd.

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