Feeling grateful for Royal de Luxe

With all the hardship, pain, and enraging absurdity in the news of late (or should that read ‘always’?), sometimes what you need most is to be reminded that there are people on this planet making great big, intensely moving, awe-inspiring, wondrous things for the sheer joy of it.

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Animated marionettes called ‘The Little Girl Giant’ and ‘The Grandmother Giant’ by French street theatre company Royal de Luxe parade through the streets of Carouge during their ‘The Saga of the Giants’ performance on September 29, 2017 in Geneva. (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Atlantic just shared a heartening series of photos of the French street-theatre company Royal de Luxe‘s current cast of gigantic puppets, who have now been retired after their farewell performance last week in Liverpool, England.

Giant Puppets Perform During The Titanic Sea Odyssey Giant Spectacular
In the finale of the Sea Odyssey, the giant deep sea diver, the little giant girl and her dog Xolo sail along the River Mersey through pyrotechnic smoke watched by thousands of people on April 22, 2012 in Liverpool, England. Over the last three days French street theatre company Royal De Luxe performed Sea Odyssey with the giants coming to life telling a love story inspired by a letter written by a young girl to her father who worked as a steward on the Titanic. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

The BBC reports that the Royal de Luxe artistic director Jean-Luc Courcoult has decided to “end the saga of the Giants,” but he says the group has plans for a new show “involving a silverback gorilla.” Gathered here are images of the giants in Royal de Luxe performances over the years, from England, Mexico, Germany, Chile, and France.

Giant Puppets Perform During The Titanic Sea Odyssey Giant Spectacular
The Little Girl Giant Marionette makes it’s way through the streets of Liverpool as the Titanic Sea Odyssey giant puppet spectacular gets underway on April 20, 2012 in Liverpool, England. Over the next three days French street theatre company Royal De Luxe will be performing Sea Odyssey with the giants coming to life telling a story inspired by The Titanic. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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The hand of the”Little Giantess” of the French theatre company “Royal de Luxe” can be seen as she sleeps in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on October 4, 2009. From October 1 to 4, the street theatre company presented an open-air theatre spectacle with two marionettes Little Giantess and Big Giant visiting various historical sites in the Berlin, as part of celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin wall. ( DAVID GANNON/AFP/Getty Images)
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A giant dog is steered through the centre of Liverpool as she and two other giants, a grandmother and a girl, parade for three days telling the story of the city’s involvement in World War One, Liverpool, England, Friday, July 25, 2014. Royal de Luxe was formed in 1979 as a French street theatre company and has played more than 1,000 shows to 18 million spectators around the world. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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A 15 meter tall big giant and a 7.5 meter tall small giant have been put to rest in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009. Due to the German Unification Day, the street theater group Royal De Luxe will perform their play in the city of Berlin until Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Maya Hitij)

Head over to The Atlantic to view the entire series.

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