Friday, 13 February 2015

The enchanting Little Girl Giant

What can I say? I was so thrilled that I was able to see the "Little Girl Giant"in Perth.
These French Marionettes - the little girl and the Diver - are in Perth to commemorate the centenary of Anzac, as part of the Perth International Arts Festival of 2015.

This afternoon after work, I met up with some friends in the city, and we walked to Murray Street where the procession would go past. I never imagined it would be so popular, but the streets were packed with young and old.
Finally the 6mt tall girl came, surrounded by her minders who pull her strings - everything moves - her eyes, her head, arms, legs...

Right in front of us they sat her down on giant pillows and then proceeded to put a soft helmet and goggles before putting her on a giant "trottinette" (scooter) while people cheered.

The procession continued and the crowd dispersed, some accompanying the girl, others going home and others going onto the next stop at Langley Park, next to the River Swan, where she was laid to sleep after delighting the crowd with a dance.

There was also a drumming session with people atop double-decker cars before she went to sleep, while a light snoring sound could be heard.

Tomorrow morning she will wake at 9,30am and will continue her journey around the city to find the 11mt tall "Diver". They will finally meet up Saturday evening, and on Sunday after walking around the perimeter of Langley Park, they will depart Perth on a barge on the Swan River.

The Giant had the day off today, but managed to surprise train commuters lying outside the Perth old train station.

Here she comes down Murray Street
Helmet and goggles on and she is ready to ride her scooter
Can you see the size of her feet?

On the scooter
In Langley Park,  I spotted the the Artistic  director Jean-Luc Courcoult (black T-shirt, glasses on his head)

Dancing in the air in Langley Park

The night dress is taken out of a box before being put on the Little Girl before she goes to sleep
Drumming away around Langley Park

Friday's route for the Little Girl


  1. Was such a spectacle to see ! Super fab images here Sami.

  2. That's amazing! I have seen that puppet on tv. It must have been quite an experience to see it in person. You took great pictures!

  3. That must have been very impressive to watch! Great photos!

  4. Awesome shots!! I was so sad to miss the scooter and riding hat

  5. Thanks for all your comments. I loved every moment of it, the marionettes were very impressive! Perth was lucky to get such a great show!

  6. Wow - Thank you for introducing me to the Giants, lucky you and lucky Perth! I can see why they have been so popular worldwide, I love all your photos and especially the one of the not-so-little girls shoes next to normal sized shoes.
    Whilst I don't think Melbourne will be lucky to see the Little Girl as least for a while, we're just about to get Slide Melbourne, something I think Perth has already enjoyed?!
    Wren x


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