Once upon a time… My husband and I fell back into our childhood. We rediscovered an astonishing world made of fantastic giant creatures!
Romain and I had to LOOK UP… WAY UP! Our eyes were lifted skyward to experience the marvelous journey of the Giants.
On the 19th, 20th and 21st of May 2017, three Giant Marionettes measuring more than 10 meters tall, took over Downtown and Old Montreal as part of the city’s 375th Anniversary Celebrations. This is a video that Romain has captured during the event:
Their journey began in the old continent: Europe. In 1979, a Theatre Company from France called “Royal de Luxe” was born in the city of Nantes. Since than, it has become the most famous French Street Troupe worldwide counting 61 creations and more than 22 million spectators.
The Giants have been traveling from one country to another but it’s the very first time, they have set foot in North American and Canadian soil. They had to face winds and tides to reach their faraway destination…
When they finally arrived, the Three Giants have been living among the Montrealers during one whole weekend. Let me reveal to you the tender beauty of these grandiose beings :
1 – The Deep Sea Diver (“Scaphandrier” in French).
2 – The Little Girl-Giant (“Petite Géante” in French).
Another short footage filmed by Romain of the Little Girl-Giant :
3 – Xolo, the girl’s dog.
These colossal puppets could move mechanically at a maximum speed of 2.25 km/hour with the help of more than 71 Lilliputians using ropes and pulleys. Just like humans, the creatures were able to walk, talk, drink, wash, sleep and do all sorts of other movements… Day and night, they occupied some of Montreal’s public spaces to tend to their daily activities.
We had the opportunity to admire the Little Girl-Giant wake up in the morning,
and take a shower :
Here’s the story behind their three-days performance:
The Deep Sea Diver arrived in Montreal from the St. Lawrence River. He was carrying with him, an old container filled with useless treasures found in sunken ships… A submarine compass, a ship’s wheel, a captain’s hat and many other souvenirs that he was looking at every now and then.
The Little Girl-Giant was among the glaciers of the Great North, trying to free her boat, which was wedged in the maws of two icebergs. With her dog Xolo, she finally reached the shore of Montreal where she could have some rest, sleep, wake up, take a shower, feed her dog and wander around the streets… All this with one purpose in mind : Find her long lost uncle!
On Saturday evening, the niece (The Little Girl-Giant) was finally reunited with her uncle (The Deep Sea Diver)!
The two Giants than spent the whole Sunday walking together in a Grand Parade throughout the city, which kicked off with a Departure Ceremony.
My husband & I can now proudly claim we have walked with the Giants in this larger-than-life spectacle. Here’s one more video clip that Romain has recorded:
We were lucky to watch these monumental creations come to life and explore the city. Their heavy steps stroke our imagination, and their gentle nature touched our hearts!
The creator, Jean-Luc Courcoult devoted his life to directing. He wished, more than anything else, to invent stories that would add new depth to reality by infusing it with history and poetry where it was least expected… With the Giants, he offered the whole world a magical universe, in the hearts of big cities, which were transformed into grandiose theatre stages. Jean-Luc Courcoult is still giving the public a chance to dream of a world where everything is possible!
This enchanting tale had to take an end. But Romain & I lived happily ever after…