Normal-sized puppets are scary enough, but marionettes the size of houses? I’d run the other way--which is why I wasn’t one of the 1.5 million people that lined the streets of Berlin for the Fall of the Berlin Wall 20th Anniversary, which showcased a several-day performance by France’s Royal de Luxe Street Theatre Company.
The Royal de Luxe featured two gigantic marionettes—the Big Giant, a deep-sea diver, and his niece, the Little Giantess (from the looks of it, she wasn’t so little). Celebrating the Berlin Wall 20th Anniversary, the storyline is a reunion story which has the two giants separated by a wall. The Big Giant returns home from a long but successful expedition to destroy the wall and the two walk through the streets of Berlin to meet each other.