Something I stumbled upon recently (so I guess I'm way behind the times) - The Giant Marionettes of Royal de Luxe theatre group:
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The group's website has a "picture wall" that allows you to view stills and videos of various past projects:
When I look through the production photos and videos (which come at the end of the photo slideshows), I am instantly reminded of both filmmaker Terry Gilliam and the somewhat more infamous Mark Pauline of Survival Research Laboratories (based in the San Francisco Bay Area). The love for enormous, ungainly, Rube Goldberg devices, and the machinery of stage productions is self-evident: instead of hiding the ropes and wires that create the magic of the stage, the ropes, wires and contraptions become the aesthetic. The fact that all props and characters are colossal, and cumbersome, and the attending humans are rendered diminutive, seems to be the point here.
I'm curious how others react to this approach to art and theatre.
Youtube has some live video from a show or two, but the art group's website has additional video...