These Puppeteers Put On A Larger-Than-Life Performance That Is Beyond Incredible

While most marionettes are small, they must be lightweight and shorter than the puppet-player in order to be easily handled.  Some are larger and require the string-puller to work from an elevated position.

But, the marionettes of the Royal de Luxe theatre company, dwarf all others. At up to 50-feet high, they are controlled by teams of performer-engineers, and are suspended from custom-built cranes and scaffolds.

The sheer scale of these puppets is absolutely amazing.

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Theatre founder Jean-Luc Courcoult, however, does not have these puppet just walk in a parade…they tell a story that spans a stage the size of a city.

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One of its most iconic figures, a deep sea diver, doesn’t limit himself to land.

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This puppet heads straight for the nearest river, to make use of his oversized diving equipment.

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The amount of detail the troupe puts into each figure is staggering.  They blink, they speak, they even breathe.

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The acrobatic coordination required to animate these behemoths is a show in its own right.

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Rather than hide away from the audience, as some puppeteers do, the troupe members are put conspicuously on display.

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Even a simple act, such as taking a shower, becomes a dramatic scene.

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Humorously, the giants are provided with giant chairs, for their “time off.”

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Giant treats, too.

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Transportation options for such large people are limited…

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And some are less luxurious than others.

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Each puppet has its own unique personality.

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Partly by design, partly through the hard work of the “Lilliputians” pulling the strings.

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The puppets aren’t limited to humans, however. This elephant is an ornate showstopper.

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With quite a few “passengers.”

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Sometimes though, it’s the puppets who hitch a ride.

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And they always do it in extravagant style.

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