The brainchild of Tobias Husemann, the Dundu first made a name for themselves in 2006 at the opening ceremony of the Football World Cup. From Ibiza to Dubai, the glowing puppets have been on the move ever since. A huge articulated puppet, Dundu means “you and you” in German, a rather odd expression which reminds us that we are a tiny bit of a whole and that we can accomplish great things all together. The Dundu first encountered the Worldbeaters led by Chris Maines-Beasley and Alex Tustin at the Chinese New Year celebrations in Hong Kong in 2016. The artists became firm friends prompting the British drummers to cross Channel in 2019 to dance with the Dundu on the banks of the Saône for their first Festival of Lights.
The Dundu, giant glowing puppets unencumbered by costumes, parade along the banks of the Saône accompanied by eccentric drummers dressed in glittery attire - the Worldbeaters! First you see one, then the other, then they join forces in an exuberant carnival of light. Everyone is invited to dance along and make the city one giant party.
On December 7 and 8, beginner’s workshops will be held during the day on percussion instruments and puppetry (25 participants per session, you can sign up at the Credit Mutual bank on a first-come first-served basis).
Along the banks of the Saône between the Pont la Feuillée and Pont Alphonse Juin.
The Dundus are large puppets with a transparent, flexible body who stroll gently to the melodious sound of the kora, a harp from West Africa. Let them come close to you. Their almost human behavior is amazing.
In the end, Dundu, which is DU UND DU ("you and you") in phonetic German, is a metaphor for human life. Together, we can accomplish great things, and you are only one part of a whole.
They'll be waiting for you every evening during the Festival at Quai St. Antoine (near the Maréchal Juin Bridge) for two presentations at 8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Don't be surprised if you also cross the path of these unusual visitors on the streets of the Presqu'ile during the festivities.
In collaboration with Les Subsistances