Warrior and the Girl

A daily performance during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. A simple story of friendship and peace told through giant puppetry, aerial performance, animatronics and modern dance.

 

Warrior and the Girl

The girl was suspended from a 40’ boom forklift and stood 15' tall.

 

Warrior and the Girl

40 puppeteers move about the performance in choreographed dance.

 

Warrior and the Girl

Suspended from heavy equipment above, the puppets were brought to life by performers on the ground.

 

Warrior and the Girl

The show performed 4 times a day for 17
straight days during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

 

Warrior and the Girl

The stoic face of the warrior was brought to life
through radio controlled animatronics.

 

Warrior and the Girl

Replicating the original clay sculptures from Xian,
this warrior was made up of a blend of modern
materials and ancient artisan techniques.

 

Warrior and the Girl

Standing 26' tall, rigged from above, each joint was operated by it's own puppeteer, much like a traditional marionette puppet.

 

Warrior and the Girl

An innovative rigging system allowed the areal performers
to intimately fly the butterfly 360˚ around the girl marionette.

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THE WARRIOR AND THE GIRL

by: Poetic Kinetics

Brought to life as a daily performance during the Beijing Olympics, “The Warrior and the Girl” is a simple story of friendship and peace told through giant puppetry, aerial performance, animatronics and modern dance… with the aid of heavy equipment.  The performance was commissioned by Olympics sponsor Johnson & Johnson as a part of their “Because We Care, We Act” campaign.

A 22’ tall terracotta warrior suspended from an 80 ton construction crane and a 15’ tall Chinese girl rigged to a 40’ boom forklift move together throughout the performance area during this 20 minute choreographed piece with the aid of 40 dancers/puppeteers.  Radio controlled facial features enliven and animate the marionettes, while a radio controlled butterfly guides the characters through the story with the aid of an aerialist performer in flight.

Installations:  Olympic Live Site, Beijing China, 2008

‘The Warrior and The Girl’ Marionettes are currently on display at the Terracotta Warrior Museum in Xi’an, China.

Large Scale Puppet Show

Commissioned by

Johnson & Johnson for the

2008 Beijing Olympics