Along with the visit to the Jewish museum, local art galleries and the Zoo, the streets of Berlin were electric with celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. After visiting the Jewish Museum Jenni (like every other woman) was ready for some retail therapy, of which she thought wouldn’t be hard to find in Berlin. Little did she know, this weekend most of Europe had penciled something in their calender.
Walking along the streets of Berlin trying to figure out why all the shops are closed and why the city centre is packed with crowds of people, Jenni was trying to work out what was happening on what she thought to be just another weekend. She spotted something in the distance. A massive walking, blinking, moving giant. No really! Jenni had stumbled across a several-day performance by France’s Royal de Luxe street theatre company titled “The Berlin Reunion”.
Featuring what can be described as large animated puppets, the Big Giant, a deep sea diver, and his niece, the Little Giantess. Based around a heart felt performance of two loved ones separated by a wall. The Big Giant, returning from a long and difficult expedition, has successfully destroyed the wall and now the two family members walk the streets of Berlin to find each other.
1.5 million people converged on the streets of Berlin to follow the performance. The unique approach to each Royal de Luxe’s performances is that they are designed to be stumbled upon, which is exactly what Jenni did. They allow you to interpret, imagine and take something away and briefly be apart of a fantastic story.
I wonder if Jenni will put this in her dissertation somewhere?