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Le Grande Elephantto
A short introduction
A sense of dissatisfaction with the existing theatre tradition in France drove Jean-Luc Courcoult together with several friends to found Royal de Luxe in the Aix-en-Provence area in 1979. With this company he puts on shows in places that are freely accessible to everyone, drawing inspiration from medieval pageant-plays, from commedia dell’arte and from large-scale Asian processions.
Courcoult wants to move the spectator with stories. So as to address as many people as possible with his performances, he attunes these stories to the imagination of children. By giving his productions several layers of meaning, he avoids too much simplicity, of which people tend to tire very quickly.
Characterized as they are by unexpected and powerful images, Royal de Luxe’s shows have a performance-like feel. The company once installed a gigantic metal fork in a car and then proceeded to drive round the city in that impaled vehicle. Then at night they sawed another car in two and welded the two parts together with a tree in the middle. Passers-by wondered the next day if the tree had actually grown through the car. This border area between fantasy and reality is reminiscent of Luis Buñuel. Such productions make people dream. And that is exactly what Courcoult wants, because he is convinced that people who cannot dream become suspicious and intolerant.
Wilfried Eetezonne/Vlaams Theater Insitituut
Les chasseurs des Girafes
Il était une fois la ballade des géants
la rencontre du Petit Géant et d'une girafe elle aussi géante, arrivée à Nantes par la voie des airs ...
et un autre d'une girafe
the grasshopper, whose head is made of a thermic engine
interview de Jean Luc Courcoult, metteur en scène de Royal de Luxe
Le Manège Magique
Royal de Luxe à Créteil
au revoir aux deux girafes et au petit géant
still here 19:01
Poem with No Moral at the End
...the way all through
his family's dinner the boy thinks
only of the bodies curled like
the knots of pasta upon his plate,
slow, cool, and dying, that he helped
put them there, buried alive,
so when the meal is over,
he rushes back and in the darkness...
still here 12:20
World’s Largest Maze
The Pineapple Garden Maze at Dole Plantation
Covering an area of more than two acres with a path length of 1.7 miles, it is made of 11,400 colorful Hawaii plants...
Native to southern Brazil and Paraguay (perhaps especially the Parana-Paraguay River) area where wild relatives occur, the pineapple was apparently domesticated by the Indians and carried by them up through South and Central America to Mexico and the West Indies long before the arrival of Europeans. Christopher Columbus and his shipmates saw the pineapple for the first time on the island of Guadeloupe in 1493 and then again in Panama in 1502. Caribbean Indians placed pineapples or pineapple crowns outside the entrances to their dwellings as symbols of friendship and hospitality. Europeans adopted the motif and the fruit was represented in carvings over doorways in Spain, England, and later in New England for many years. The plant has become naturalized in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Trinidad but the fruits of wild plants are hardly edible.
Spaniards introduced the pineapple into the Philippines and may have taken it to Hawaii and Guam early in the 16th Century. The first sizeable plantation 5 acres (2 ha)—was established in Oahu in 1885. Portuguese traders are said to have taken seeds to India from the Moluccas in 1548, and they also introduced the pineapple to the east and west coasts of Africa. The plant was growing in China in 1594 and in South Africa about 1655. It reached Europe in 1650 and fruits were being produced in Holland in 1686 but trials in England were not success ful until 1712. Greenhouse culture flourished in England and France in the late 1700's. Captain Cook planted pineapples on the Society Islands, Friendly Islands and elsewhere in the South Pacific in 1777.
Julia Morton, Purdue
link path Bryson Farms
PLSJ/Space and Culture
rantish elaboration here
still here 15:37
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