Saturday 12 August 2017

The Travelling Troupe of Giant Marionnettes (26 Pics)

It’s the biggest show on earth– literally. No theatre is big enough for the troupe that transforms entire towns and cities into its stage. From the South of France to Morocco, Cameroon to China, New Zealand to Mexico, Royal de Luxe has become a street theatre company of epic, almost mythical proportions since it all began in 1979…

The company started out in Aix-en-Provence where an acting trio led by Jean-Luc Courcoult began luring audiences outside rather than dragging them into a room, performing their plays on the streets and in public open spaces. After a decade of travelling world with their alternative forms of theatre which became more unusual and larger-than-life with every tour, the company began attracting growing attention from the general public, agents and theatre programmers. In 1989, they received a call from the mayor of the French city of Nantes, offering them funding and to set up shop in in a disused rice warehouse on the banks of the Loire river. It is here that Jean-Luc Courcoult’s true artist wizardry could evolve in to something really colossal.

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