(photo credit: Verieihnix, thank you)
Celebrations are taking place in Berlin this weekend for the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-unification of Germany. At the centre of the celebrations is a 4-day performance by Royal de Luxe‘s giant street theatre puppets, featuring their little giantess, and her giant uncle, the deep-sea diver.
Earlier this year in June the diver debuted in Nantes in La géante du Titanic et le scaphandrier, but in Berlin the back story, already one of separation and reunion, has been redrawn as an allegory for the divisions of Germany:
Berlin was once a swamp inhabited by giants. One day, land and sea monsters tore the city in two and the Big Giant and Little Giantess were separated. The Little Giantess fell into a long sleep. When she awakes, she finds a large old mailbag containing letters between East and West Berlin, and sets out to deliver them. After each searching the streets of the city, the two giants are reunited and symbolically return tens of thousands of letters once intercepted by former East Germany’s Stasi secret police to people watching their procession through the city.
Photos and videos are starting to appear at Flickr and YouTube, and many others will follow, but here are some links to items that have grabbed my attention so far:
- Official site: Risesen-in-Berlin: The Berlin Re-Union
- @dieriesenkommen on Twitter
- Promo with nice footage from Nantes
- Four videos of the Giantess
- Video of diver surfacing and a close up of the puppeteers
- Reuters video: Giants re-enact German Re-unification
- ABC News video: good summary in video, includes reunion between giants
- Die KlieneRiesen: photo by Gofio of the reunion, Brandenburg Gates
- Royal de Luxe Central photo pool at Flickr
- Search ‘Riesen berlin’ at Flickr, or YouTube
I’ve posted a lot about Royal de Luxe and their influence on the genre of giant puppets over the last few years and you can search here to go to those posts.