Jakarta. Les Grandes Personnes, a troupe of gigantic theater puppets from France, performed in Jakarta's Old Town, or Kota Tua, on Thursday (13/07).
The four-meter-high puppets, similar to Jakarta's indigenous ondel-ondel, with full attention greeted the audience before giving a show at Fatahillah Square.
The puppets danced, made fun of each other, played football, golf and fencing.
Sports was the main theme of the show. With their diverse features, the puppets tried to convey a message that sports is something more than just competition — it is bringing together people of various backgrounds.
Last weekend the group staged the same show during car-free day in Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta. Their next stop is the Cross Culture Festival in Surabaya, East Java, on Sunday.
Established in 1998, in Aubervilliers, the theater aims to bring arts to the streets, for everyone to enjoy.
Les Grandes Personnes also helped establish several other puppet theater troupes, including Boromo in Burkina Faso, Suenos de Mach in Chile, Giant Match in South Africa, and Marionetas Gigantes in Mozambique.