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Fairly tale in Chile: Small Giant

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The famous French “Small Giant” arrived to Santiago, Chile. Many citizens gathere to see this in the centre of the capital. Claudia (ES) introduces us to the concept:

Cuenta la historia de un rinoceronte que escapó de África, pasando por las minas del cobre y llegando a la gran ciudad para ser capturado por la mágica niña de un cuento de hadas. Como señaló Jean Luc Courcoult (Royal de Luxe), la Pequeña Gigante representa la parte de nosotros con la cual queremos volver a encontrarnos, y que se vuelve real con el cariño de la gente. Es magia, es fantasía; es esa parte infantil que siempre va a vivir en nosotros (me recuerda la dedicatoria de El Principito de A. de Saint-Exupéry).

According to the story, a rhinoceros escaped from Africa, passing trough the copper mines and arriving to the big city to be captured by a magic kid from a fairly tale. As Jean Luc Courcoult (Royal de Lux) said , the Small Giant represents the part of us with which we want to find ourselves once again and that becomes real with the sweetness of others. It is magic, fantasy; it is that childlish part that will always live with us (it reminds me of the dedication of The Little Prince to A. de Saint-Exupéry).

Thousands of Chileans attended to see this 5 meter long marionette, even people from outside the capital, like “Gata de media luna” (ES) who described the experience:

A salir de la estación, nos encontramos con un mar humano. Miles de personas esperaba a que la marioneta articulada por humanos, se despertara y saliera a recorrer las calles. Como todos, queríamos verla. Nosotros teníamos un merito aparate, viajamos especialmente para verla(bueno y aprovechar el viaje para hacer uno que otro tramite poco). La muchedumbre estaba enardecida! En lo que pudiera que les permitiese ver mejor se subían, micros, camiones, paraderos, nada escapa a la imaginación.

When we get out of the underground, we were met with a human sea. Thousands of people were waiting for the marionette, manipulated by humans, to awake and travel around the streets. Like everyone, we wanted to see her. We have a special claim, we traveled especially to see her (OK, and to also take advantage of the trip for another small errand) The crowd was exited! Those who were able to up to climbed on top of buses, trucks, bus stops – nothing escapes the imagination.

Roberto Olivares (ES), couldn’t resist the illusion that this doll made in her sun. As he explains:

La Pequeña Gigante que estuvo en Santiago ha sido una de las experiencias más espectaculares que he visto, hasta el sábado me conformaba con verla por televisión, pero la ilusión que veía en los ojos de Francisca hicieron que pese al temor de la masa, del calor y del no ver nada decidiera levantarme el día domingo a las 8:00 de la mañana para estar antes de las 10:00 viendo como despertaba esta muñeca que salió de las páginas de un cuento para instalarse con nosotros por tres largos y entretenidos días.

The Small giant in Santiago, was one of the most spectacular experiences that I have seen. Up until Saturday I had only seen her on the TV, but the illusion that I saw in Francisca's eyes, made me wake up early on Sunday at 8:00 am despite my fear of crowds, the heat, and the chance of not seeing it, all to be there before 10:00, looking at how this doll that came from the pages of a fairy tale comes to life and stays with us for three long and entertaining days.

2 comments

  • drina rendic

    Good for you Rosario. It was just like that. A fairy tale come true for children and adults alike.

  • Es una experiencia muy grata de leer. Y se agradece que los niños nos ayuden a mantener la fantasía viva.

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