Le Cheval-Dragon is an enormous puppet created by The Machine.
This puppet and a huge spider puppet performed in China!
On La Machine's website it reads: "Spectacle original créé par François Delarozière et la compagnie la Machine pour célébrer le 50ème anniversaire des relations diplomatiques entre la France et la Chine au Parc Olympique de Pékin."
Which in English reads: "Original show created by François Delarozière and enterprise Machine to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China in Beijing Olympic Park."
Although I do so love puppets as art objects, it's really something special to see them in action, take a look see here:
There is something about this video that makes me shiver. Perhaps it is seeing a dragon run amidst a large group of people. I throughly enjoy seeing the dragon run, and the people run beside it...like a river flowing. I also love seeing people reaching out to touch the puppet. I would do that too, but it's such a human thing to do.
I can easily imagine walking through the woods at some sort of festival and coming upon this dragon...and being totally freaked out!
But in a good way.