Royal de Luxe
Changing the way we think about street theatre, Royal de Luxe brings together gorgeous imagery, engineering talent and storytelling prowess to transform the idea of the mannequin into pure comic strip brilliance. This ingenious free event infiltrated the city over ten days, using popular shop windows for stages. Forty mannequins are fixed in place every day and changed every night so the stories can evolved on the streets of Wellington during the 2010 New Zealand International Arts Festival.
The personal adventures of the mannequins interweave love, fear, honour, pleasure, revenge, jealousy, violence and the discovery of life. Royal de Luxe has performed around the world, creating extraordinary rapport with passers-by. Residents have become captivated with the activities of these miraculous beings and begin to follow their every move. By the end of the performance, huge crowds gather daily.
Author/Artistic director: Jean Luc Courcoult
Co-produced with the City of Nantes and the Charleville mézières International Institute of Puppetry.
Images: Jordi Bover
"Royal de Luxe is to street art what a glacier is to ice cubes." The Guardian
Chris Morley-Hall (KOKO) – New Zealand Production Management