So I made a post on this long ago, but now that I have a proper G/t blog with a good following, I thought I’d showcase it again.
I have a great respect and interest in the use of puppets for art and theatrics, and the performances of the Royal de Luxe are no exception. They first caught my interest years ago when a show was put on for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I was doing a report on the event for my school’s newspaper and stumbled upon articles describing this awe-inspiring demonstration. I spent all day mesmerized by videos of the giant mechanical beings, amazed at the beauty and quiet, almost mystical, melancholy they exuded.
There’s something otherworldly about these beings of wood and metal, strung with cables as thick as one may find holding aloft the sails aboard a ship, eyes roving and soft with an uncannily human emotion behind them. I encourage you to seek out videos and images of these great pieces of art. They are truly stunning and words cannot do these exceptional works justice. The tales they tell are often poignant; the Berlin Wall performance followed a child as she wandered the divided city, seeking her father, just as he sought her.
I conclude with a list of links to spur your searching and hope these beautiful creations inspire and fill you with the same wonder they still grant me.