American Elephants

The Berlin Reunion, 20 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall. by The Elephant's Child

Earlier this week, 1.5 million people filled the streets of Berlin, Germany to watch a several-day long performance by France’s Royal de Luxe street theatre company titled “The Berlin Reunion.”  Part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall , the Reunion show featured two massive marionettes, the Big Giant, a deep-sea diver, and his niece the Little Giantess.

According to the storyline of the performance, the two were separated by a wall thrown up by “land and sea monsters.”  The Big Giant has just returned from a long and difficult — but successful —expedition to destroy the wall.  Now, they are walking the streets of Berlin, seeking each other after many years apart.

The video gives some idea of the motion of the performance.  This link provides a number of photos that tell the rest of the story.  An amazing performance.  Thanks to the Boston Globe for publishing this story.

NOTE: Do not miss clicking on the above link to the photos!  They are large, much more impressive than the short video, and tell much more of the story.

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