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Monstrous Marionettes

Gigantic Puppets Perform for Berlin Wall 20th Anniversary

— October 8, 2009 — World
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.
Trend Themes
1. Giant Puppets - The creation and performance of giant puppets can be a trend in the entertainment industry, attracting a larger audience.
2. Street Theatre - Street theatre can become a growing trend to commemorate historical events, enhancing the experience of history and tourism industries.
3. Interactive Performances - Interactive performances can be a trend that engages audiences in unique experiences and disrupts the live entertainment and events industry.
Industry Implications
1. Entertainment - The entertainment industry can use giant puppets in stage performances to appeal to a larger audience and enhance the live show experience.
2. Tourism - Historical tourism can explore the opportunity of incorporating street theatre performances to attract more visitors and provide an interactive experience.
3. Event Planning - The event planning industry can consider using interactive performances to create innovative experiences for attendees and stand out in the market.
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