Les Grandes Personnes, 'the tall people,' take Fatahillah Square as the stage for their performance. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Les Grandes Personnes in Jakarta

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

JULY 15, 2017

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.

Director Pauline de Coulhac prepares the show in Jakarta's Old Town on Thursday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Sports was the main theme of the show. It was chosen by the French Embassy as Paris bids to host the 2024 Olympics. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

The puppets, with their diverse features, tried to convey a message that sports is more than just competition — it is bringing together people of various backgrounds. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Les Grandes Personnes, the four-meter-high puppetsm, one by one greeted the audience before the show. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Kota Tua's security guard plays with a child next to Les Grandes Personnes on Thursday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Eli, is an old man clad in a plaid vest and matching trousers. His teammate, Bonaventure, whose name means 'good fortune,' is a fan of Brazil's national football team. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Les Grandes Personnes director Pauline de Coulhac say each of the puppets was modeled after those who had cooperated with the theater. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Les Grandes Personnes prepare for a press briefing in Jakarta's Old Town on Thursday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

A selfie session with 'the tall people' in Jakarta's Old Town, on Thursday (13/07). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

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