Based in Nantes, France, the street theatre company Royal de Luxe performs around the world, primarily using gigantic, elaborate marionettes to tell stories that take place over several days and wind through entire cities. Puppeteers maneuver the huge marionettes -- some as tall as 12 meters (40 ft) -- through streets, parks, and waterways, performing their story along the way. Gathered here are images of several recent Royal de Luxe performances, from Belgium, Mexico, Germany, Chile, and England.
A giant marionette, operated by performers, walks in Berlin, Germany, on October 2, 2009. The French marionette street theatre company Royal de Luxe gave open air performances around the Day of German Unity in Berlin. The artists used the giant puppets to tell the story of separation and recovery to commemorate the fall of Berlin Wall 20 years earlier.
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In the finale of the Sea Odyssey, the giant deep sea diver, the little giant girl and her dog Xolo sail along the River Mersey through pyrotechnic smoke watched by thousands of people on April 22, 2012 in Liverpool, England. Over the last three days French street theatre company Royal De Luxe performed Sea Odyssey with the giants coming to life telling a love story inspired by a letter written by a young girl to her father who worked as a steward on the Titanic.
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Hundreds of people watch a giant mechanical elephant walk down the Mall in London in an outdoor performance of "The Sultan's Elephant" by Royal de Luxe, on May 5, 2006. The story told of a Sultan who dreamed about a little girl and traveled in his elephant time-machine in search of her.
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A giant deep sea diver puppet, part of a street theatre production entitled "Sea Odyssey", walks through the streets in Liverpool, England, on April 20, 2012. Two puppets, a man and a girl, his niece, roamed through the city's streets looking for each other during the three day production. The free event, organized by French company Royal de Luxe was one of a series of events marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of The Titanic.
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A giant deep sea diver marionette makes its way through crowds near Brandenburg Gate with the help of performers from Royal de Luxe in Berlin, Germany, on October 3, 2009.
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A giant girl starts to move during the second day of a street performance in Berlin, on October 2, 2009. The four-day street performance was based on a fairy tale called The Giants by French street arts company Royal de Luxe and marked the 19th anniversary of the formal re-unification of Germany.
People touch and photograph a giant marionette of a dog during the first day of a street theatre in Guadalajara, Mexico, on November 26, 2010. The three-day performance by Royal de Luxe called "The Mexican Giant, the dog Xolo and the Little Indian Girl," is based on a mural by late Mexican artist Diego Rivera.