Royal de Luxe

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Royal de Luxe is a French mechanical marionette street theatre company. They were founded in 1979 in Aix-en-Provence[1] by Jean-Luc Courcoult. After some years based in Toulouse, the company moved to Nantes in 1989. The company has performed in France, Belgium, England, Germany, Iceland, Chile, Australia, Mexico and Ireland.

Giants spectacular[edit]

Title City Country Date Event Spectators
number[2]
The Giant who fell from the sky Le Havre France September 1993
Calais France June 1994 Channel Tunnel's opening
Nîmes France July 1994
Nantes France August 1994
Bayonne France September 1994
The Giant who fell from the sky, last voyage Le Havre France October 1994
The Giant who fell from the sky in Barcelona Barcelona Spain July 1997
Rhinoceros Arles France July 1997 Arles International Photography Festival
Lisbon Portugal May 1998 to September 1998 1998 Lisbon World Exposition
Return from Africa Le Havre France June 1998
Nantes France June 1998
Calais France July 1998
Antwerp Belgium August 1998 Zomer van Antwerpen
Giraffes Hunter Nantes France September 2000
Le Havre France October 2000
Calais France October 2000
The Sultan of the Indies visit on his time travelling Elephant Nantes France May 2005 Jules Verne Death Centenary 150.000
Amiens France June 2005 Jules Verne Death Centenary
London England May 2006 1 million
Antwerp Belgium July 2006 Zomer van Antwerpen 650.000
Calais France September 2006
Le Havre France October 2006 300.000
The Giant : visits the pont du Gard Vers-Pont-du-Gard France August 2006
The Hidden Rhinoceros Santiago Chile January 2007 Santiago a Mil International Theater Festival 2 millions
The geyser of Reykjavik Reykjavik Iceland May 2007 Reykjavík Arts Festival 50.000[3]
The fabulous story of the warrior buried alive of Santa Maria Santa Maria da Feira Portugal May 2008 International Theatre Festival of Santa Maria da Feira
The Giantess of the Titanic and the deep-sea diver Nantes
Saint-Nazaire
France June 2009 Biennial contemporain art opening 'Estuaire' 2009 350.000
The Berlin appointment Berlin Germany October 2009 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall 1.5 million
The Invitation Chile Santiago Chile January 2010 Bicentennial celebrations of the Mexican War of Independence 3 millions
The deep-sea diver, his hand, and the Little Girl-Giant Antwerp Belgium August 2010 Zomer van Antwerpen 800.000
The Giant of Guadalajara Guadalajara Mexico November 2010 Bicentennial celebrations of the Mexican War of Independence
Mexican Revolution Centenary
3.5 millions
The wall fallen from the sky in Guadalajara Guadalajara Mexico November 2010 Fresco painted in the style of Mexican artist Diego Rivera -
El Xolo Nantes France May 2011 600.000
The wall fallen from the sky in Nantes Nantes France May 2011 Fresco painted in the style of Mexican artist Diego Rivera -
Sea Odyssey Liverpool England April 2012 Centenary of the sinking of the Titanic 800.000
Planck's wall Nantes France June 2014 500.000
Memories of August 1914 Liverpool England July 2014 Liverpool's World War I centenary commemorations 1 million
The Giant's Journey Limerick Ireland September 2014 National City of Culture 2014 250.000[4]
(unknown title) Perth Australia February 2015 Perth International Arts Festival
Anzac Centenary
(unknown title) Antwerp Belgium Summer 2015 Zomer van Antwerpen
(unknown title) Santiago Chile January 2016 Santiago a Mil International Theater Festival
(unknown title) Chicago United States Summer 2016

Other works[edit]

  • The true history of France
  • Roman photo tournage
  • The Peplum (with odorama)
  • Revolt of the Mannequins.[5] After Nantes in February 2008 and Antwerp, in July 2008, It was played in Berlin, in November 2008
  • They were also said to have made another giant, more lightweight elephant used in Take That Presents: The Circus Live, atop which the four band members performed "The Garden".[citation needed] This elephant had to be made much more lightweight to be transported between venues.

See also[edit]

  • La Princesse, a giant mechanical spider designed by the same man who designed the Sultan's Elephant but produced by La Machine - a different performing arts company.
  • Les Balayeurs du désert, an accompanying band who perform much of the music for productions run by the Royal de Luxe.

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