Yesterday was the most magical day here in Antwerp city. Do you remember dreaming that your dolls would come to life when you were little, well for the last 3 days that fantasy was brought to life by the incredibly talented French theatre company, Royal de Luxe. I have never seen so many people in the city that had all come to follow the Diver and his niece searching for each other through the streets of the city. Suddenly all the usual towering buildings looked miniature alongside them, like walking into another world!
When we arrived the giant doll and diver were sleeping in different parts of the city, with very loud breathing to be heard from far away! The facial details were amazing, we filmed some parts so when I get back from the UK in a week or so I'll put together a little movie so you too can share in some of the magic. It was amazing to see how the people from the theatre worked to make them wake up and then walk along, extraordinary effort! To make the diver walk they had to spring in duos from the truck behind the puppet pulling the string down which lifted a leg, then others physically pulled the feet forward with string! It was a very warm humid day and they were in thick velvet outfits but it did make the whole picture quite magical! So I hope these pictures will keep you amused whilst I'm away for a week. Click on images to see larger versions in my Flickr account. When I return I'll have my new secret project all ready to launch and get ready for a GIVEAWAY! Hugs, Catherine x