Sunday, December 4, 2011

Compagnie Royal de Luxe

One of the most magical street theater companies performing anywhere in the world today, Jean Luc Courcoult's Compagnie Royal de Luxe performs scripted "dream plays" using large (15 meters high) mechanical puppets operated by a bevy of Lilliputian handlers dressed as major domos right out of a Jules Verne novel (Courcoult has, in fact, acknowledged the influence of Verne's work upon his own corps d'un travail créatif.  Royal de Luxe has toured in France, Belgium, England, Germany, Iceland, Chile, Australia and Mexico.  Seydou Barry has been trying to bring them to the States for a few years now, either to Los Angeles or New York.  Their aesthetic is steampunk.  Their work is magical.  
Two of the best video clips: