Giant Puppet Workshop

Artist residency (Puppet) sharing session

Aerial Silk Workshop

French Rendezvous@Tai Kwun: De La Fontaine

Giant Puppet Workshop

Date & Time

8 - 14 May, 2023 8,11,12.05.2023 1 - 3pm
14.05.2023 10 am - 12pm


Parade Ground


Free of charge


Presented by: French May Arts Festival

Exclusive Sponsor: The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Partner: Tai Kwun

The Archibald Caramantran Company is supported by City of Carpentras, COVE, District of Vaucluse, Region PACA and DRAC PACA

Discover the world of giant puppets with the artist of Archibald Caramantran. Learn the technical and artistic skills to carry a giant puppet and bring it to life by your own hands.

The giant puppets are from 4 to 6 meters tall. They are entirely articulated, the head, the eyes, the shoulders, the arms and the legs. According to the models, they are equipped with lights and/or an autonomous Sound system. They are made with fabric, resin, paper, leather, aluminium, plastic, bungee cords, carabiners etc. Their puppets weigh between 15 and 30 kg, depending on the model.

Over the years, the technical skills and the materials of the making have evolved, but the fundamental idea remains the same. Most of the elements that make the puppets are maintained as they interact with the public.

Creative Team

Archibald Caramantran
Artistic Director: Hagenloch Olivier
Artists: Yacouba Sawadogo , Guénal Marion, Antoine Cuche, Chomel Antonin

All the content of works are independently produced by the organiser/creative team, and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.

Free to the public. Registration is open at French May’s website from 16 March onwards.


Archibald Caramantran
Olivier Hagenloch, Artistic Director
Yacouba Sawadogo, Artist

Archibald Caramantran is an international street theatre company specialised in medium- to large scale performances, at fixed locations or on parades.

Combining different art forms, including visual arts, dance, theatre, circus and music, the company utilises   giant muppets and aerial dance to create dreamlike and popular shows. 

Driven by the desire to surprise every day and reveal its poetry, Archibald Caramantran plays in open areas to meet the public and offer them a theatre of images which are at time sensible and absurd, marvellous and of distinct proportions.

In its creations, the company utilises giant muppets and aerial dance to build a special relationship with the public and act the city out. The aerial space becomes a natural playground for making and sculpting, using various methods: fabrics, mesh, dance in the air or building facades.

Since its creation in 2005, the company has earned international recognition. Its giant muppets have wandered onto the streets of cities and villages, from carnivals to festivals, in the marquees of the opera houses in France and overseas, Europe, Australia, Canada, Cuba, China, Asia, Russia, Africa… .The Artistic Director, Olivier Hagenloch, together with Christophe Evette (Les Grandes Personnes/The Big People) and Stéphane Meppiel (Les géants du sud/The Southern Giants), founded ‘The Big People’ (Les Grandes Personnes) in 1988 at Aubervilles. 

For many years, Archibald Caramantran has been the privileged partner of the city of Carpentras and ‘the Unusual X’mas’ Festival. In 2018, the company became the resident company of the city. There, the artists present a new creation every year. 

Its studios sit next to the city’s technical service centre, at the ‘Station market’ in a large building provided by the CoVe (The Agglomeration Community of  Ventoux Comtat Venaissin). Its wish to bring people together has engendered an immersive experience, a poetic act, and sharing of emotions between the artists and the population.

Trained at the Emile Cohl Animation School, Olivier Hagenloch co-founded ‘Les Grandes Personnes’, the company of giant puppets, in 1998. The troupe and him have since participated in numerous performances and workshops in France and overseas (Europe, South America, Russia, China, Africa.)

The River (Le Fleuve), Grand Parade, Burkina Faso, 2003

Habanos, Large-scale performance, Havana, Cuba, 2004

The Big Family (La Grande Famille), Grand Parade, Burkina Faso, 2005

World Cup Opening Ceremony, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2010.

In 1999, he received training in ‘Kathputli’ puppet operation by Puran Bhatt in India. In 2012, he created ‘Shanty Theatre’ (Bicoque théâtre), a fairground theatre for puppets and other curiosities.

Today, he directs performances and events for Archibald Caramantran, of which he has been the Artistic Director since 2005. He also works for local and overseas circuses, opera troupes and theatre companies.

Yacouba was born in 1984 in Darsalam in Burkina Faso. Before being a sculptor, puppeteers and actor, he has multiplied his experiences on being a Farmer, beekeeper, mason and upholsterer. He met the company Les Grandes Personnes in 2002 in Boromo when he was still a water carrier. He was then trained in the manipulation and the making of puppets by Stéphane Meppiel.

Since 2005 he’s regularly participated in parades in different countries: Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Ghana, France, China, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium etc. He also animates classes for adults and children to teach the making of Giant Puppets and pass on the knowledge of Giant Puppets’ manipulation.

He joined the company Archibald Caramantran in 2017 and has worked in the company till now.