Memories of August 1914

Creación 2014

Memories of August 1914

A sleeping Grandmother Giant travels through space between two clouds of the Milky Way. Her mind sails from a star to another whereas her body already arrived at its place of destination and rests laying down in a bed.

She lives behind the big explosion which took place 13.7 billion years ago and which our physicists will call the Big Bang.

In this immense unknown area live the Giants.

However just before the crossing she is undertaking, she must cross the “Planck wall”*.

She often made this route; alone or accompanied by other Giants who land in different eras of the planet.

For all, the journey is short: it only takes two days.
At the very beginning, beyond the wall, lies the kingdom of the hereafter,

the one in which the soul of our ancestors float for eternity.
Behind her an immense safe wanders in the cosmos.

Inside files full of memories pile up. It is the safe of memories of the Grandmother Giant. The pile of files tells the past, the present and the future of Liverpool.

This Grandmother is a queen. Some say that she may have ancient origins from Nantes or Ireland…


She simply comes, like any grandmother, to tell stories by the fire to the people of the town as it used to be done in our countryside.

She knows so many things about life, like the ancients who are today lost in our civilization, marred by their silence.

She comes with one of her children for whom she had a small piece of galaxy built with tools that were at hand, so that the child could wake and fall asleep peacefully…

In Liverpool, she will tell us the story of these happy people who went away in 1914 with the King’s Regiment, their hope brimming with courage to save the ideal of their time. And then, she will go away through space again in a big floating coffin, to the “Planck wall”.

But she will return…



* All the current cosmology rests on the general relativity, theory conceived by Einstein.

Einstein did not support the idea of an expanding universe, he considered it as stable.

Georges Lemaître is the real originator of the Big Bang theory with the assistance of the equations of Einstein, he is the founder of the modern cosmology.

Max Planck, Nobel Prize of physics in 1918, is one of the founders of the quantum physics (particle physics).

The story of the Big Bang begins after the era of Planck, Planck wall being the boundary.

Planck wall is the limit of the knowledge of the universe.


© Jean-Luc Courcoult, author and artistic director, founder of Royal de Luxe


Mémoires d'août 1914 - Extrait Revue de Presse

Ouest France – 25/07/2014 – Véronique Escolano

« Le nouveau roi de Liverpool, c’est Jean-Luc Courcoult et son régiment de lilliputiens. Une équipe en rouge qui fait oublier, le temps de trois jours, les joueurs du FC Liverpool, habillés de la même couleur. Sur le mode du collectif et du rêve, le metteur en scène de la compagnie nantaise est en passe de détrôner Cantona comme frenchy favori du Nord de l’Angleterre. Et la grand-mère géante de Royal, la reine mère. »


Liverpool Echo – 28/07/2014 – Catherine Jones

«More than a million people came out to see the Giants on what will go down as one of Liverpool’s most unforgettable weekends. »

Le 8 décembre dernier, Jean-Luc Courcoult a reçu le diplôme honorifique de l’Université de Liverpool, décerné par le Sénat et le Conseil de l’Université.

Lors de la cérémonie de remise des doctorats au Philharmonic Hall, l’auteur-metteur en scène et fondateur de la compagnie a évoqué les liens très forts qui unissent les Géants à la ville de Liverpool et l'amour qu'il porte à ses habitants.

Retrouvez les articles de presse ci-dessous.