09 October 2009

Creepy Oversized Seafaring Puppets and the Germans Who Love Them

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Right now is the 20th anniversary of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. And they're commemorating that in Berlin. And what better way to commemorate such a landmark event than with two giant puppets parading through the streets of Berlin with a bunch of French performance artists hanging off them?

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And apparently they've tied the whole presentation together with an equally unrelated story about the two giant puppets. Here's the story:

The Reunion show featured two massive marionettes, the Big Giant, a deep-sea diver, and his niece, the Little Giantess. The storyline of the performance has the two 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, and now the two are walking the streets of Berlin, seeking each other after many years apart."

.......Because I don't know about you, but 20 years ago when they tore down the wall I was thinking, "Thank God that now Deep Sea Divers will be free to walk the streets of Berlin with their nieces again" ............through teary eyes.

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.....It must have been so exciting for the audience in the streets to witness the puppets wandering around missing each other even though they were the only giant wooden figures in a sea of tiny Germans.

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But you'll be glad to know that they finally found each other and later had a slightly inappropriate-looking reunion under the stars with the Deep Sea Diver finally taking his helmet off (after wearing it all day in the streets of Berlin - what is he, a masochist??) and the niece sitting on his gigantic lap. ..........Aaaaaaaaah.

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.........And to think those bloody Commies wanted to try to stop this sort of thing from happening!!
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3 comments:

Sally Carter said...

Now that is truly bizarre...

Joni Dunlap said...

Hmmm...those puppets look suspiciously familiar. I have a friend who created similar puppets for the Beijing Olympics -- http://www.jnj.com.cn/olympics/en/tcw/?id=4

In general, I like puppets. But, I think it is time to reconsider my position.

Jovanka said...

I just had a look at that link - surely they must be the same people because they have a puppet show called "The Warrior and the Girl" which looks awfully familiar http://www.jnj.com.cn/olympics/en/tcw/tcw_girl_en.html

Or maybe the French puppet people stole their idea? Tell your friend! This could turn into Puppet Wars!!