L'incroyable et phénoménal voyage des Géants dans les rues de Perth

From Friday 13 until Sunday 15 February 2015, the Little Girl-Giant and the Deep Sea Diver of the street theatre company Royal de Luxe are opening Perth International Arts Festival 2015 with an epic show commemorating the centenary of Anzac, supported by the Government of Western Australia.

In the south-west corner of Western Australia, there were Aboriginal communities full of mysteries, one of these mysteries was a boat that had come up from out of the sand, only the prow could be seen, the rest was imprisoned in the ground.

One day, the Little Girl Giant, busy with her travels, fell into one of the Aboriginal communities of the Noongar Nation, into one of those families who are in love with the barrab (sky), the boodja (earth), the yorgam (trees) and keap (water).

She was so welcomed that she decided to stay with them for a long time.

She then witnessed the evolution and change of these inhabitants in the face of the transformation of the Australian continent.

She lived there as though it were a beelya (river), full of dreams that jumped like fish.

One day, one of the community’s children brought her an old book full of drawings. It was dog-eared, crumpled, aged.

It told the story of a little girl in a lighthouse full of love and sorrow, who watched soldiers leaving Australia on ships, carrying hope into lost battles.

It was 1915 on the beaches of Gallipoli where the sand, reddened by the blood of men, frightened the moon.

Through the book, the Little Girl Giant, as she looked at the sky, saw the past, the present and even the future.

Her gaze plunged into the centre of the battle, and she could see men disappearing, like being suddenly wiped from the earth as an eraser would rub out  on a drawing.

She also saw a boat sink, snatched by a gust stronger than a cathedral and laid down on the bottom of the ocean, then an Australian diver, sent to find survivors, stuck in air bubbles.

As he could not see a living soul on the sea-bed, he decided to stay there.

Miraculously and without knowing it, he started walking and this removed the tubes and the air that filled his lungs.

As he turned his head, he saw dozens of boats lying in the sand. Methodically, he entered each ship and brought dead men out of them.

He dug the ground to bury each one and he continued, his muscles toned by an infernal will, so much so that around each sunken boat,  here was a graveyard, like small heaps of sand without crosses, only small bellies emerging from the dust.

There were hundreds like this around each boat, peaceful.

With a madness which cannot be named, he continued his work.

But from graveyard to graveyard, his body grew thicker, denser and without realising it, one day he was able to overturn the ships.

He had monumental strength. He had quite simply grown like a child in a bath who suddenly realises that his feet are touching the taps.

It was simply the story of a Giant who became big at the bottom of the sea.

In the Noongar country, the Little Girl Giant closed the last page of the book.

The little Aboriginal child, his eyes full of colours, was sad then, in his gaze a rainbow flew away to the clouds.

 He understood then that the Little Girl Giant had to leave to re-join her family, and when the sun lifted the horizon, he hurried to fetch his father.

Whilst the stars hid in the sky, lying behind the morning light, all the people of the Noongar Nation saw a tear come from the Little Girl Giant’s eyelid.

As it touched the ground, a small puddle was swallowed up by the soil.

In this very spot, a tree could be seen growing in the space of two hours.

From a small and barely awoken sprout, a trunk developed, full of branches with leaves that the wind enjoyed moving.

It was just a tree in the boodja (country).

 

Then she thought that the buried boat could sail the earth to find the diver.

The Aboriginals began digging and within ten days, the ship was ready on the ground.

The Little Girl Giant climbed onto it and the Noongars began to sing the rain.

Accompanied by the sound of the boomerangs, she crossed Western Australia.

The sand made waves, the boodja filling with water.

In short, she arrived in Minang boodja (Albany) from where she sent a hot air balloon, like a moon over the ocean, to call the diver.

Then she headed to Whadjuk boodja (Perth).

Upon her arrival in the big city, she placed her head underwater and blew bubbles which echoed at the bottom of the ocean.

Everyone knows that whales can hear sounds from 5,000 kilometres away when they call each other and that the sound of people’s footsteps on pavements reverberates to the centre of the earth.

 The air bubbles that were pushed by the tide floated around the Giant Diver.

With their large, small or tiny shapes, they follow one another like a convoy of boats and one after the other, they exploded in front of the Giant’s eyes.

They expressed signals like Morse code: a point, a line, two points then nothing and again two lines and a point.

It was a language the man of the sea knew well.

He could then read sentences in which each message ended with “come”.

No sooner had he understood he was surrounded by a tornado of fishes.

They circled him faster and faster so that the swirl of force became a gust of wind.

On the surface, the agitated fog started to cough so hard that a storm swallowed the bottom of the water, throwing the diver into the sky all the way into the clouds. Then, like a lost body, he fell down unconscious in Perth.

The earth trembled and suddenly a great spray of water burst out of the ground between two buildings.

A geyser was born, as if to greet through space the arrival of the Giants.

 

© Jean-Luc Courcoult, author / director of the street theatre company Royal de Luxe

L'incroyable et phénoménal voyage des Géants dans les rues de Perth - Extrait Revue de Presse

The Australian – 16/02/2015 – Michaela Boland

«Giants take Perth by storm  […] Emotions were high as people from all walks of life gathered to witness the drama of Little Girl Giant and Deep Sea Diver and attempted to decipher the ANZAC commemoration tale they were said to be playing out. »


The West Australian – 16/02/2015

« Perth has never seen a weekend like it – three days when we gave ourselves over, heart and soul, to a pair of oversized mechanical creatures who wandered through the city while hundreds of thousands of us waited, craned necks for a glimpse and applauded spontaneously. »

 

The West Australian – 20/02/2015

« According to report, 75 per cent of the population of metropolitan Perth saw The Giants over three days, the stage centred on Langley Park.  »


L'incroyable et phénoménal voyage des Géants dans les rues de Perth