From the Lumière brothers to Méliès, via Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, Puy du Fou will immerse its spectators in the world of Belle Époque cinema. The Vendée park has indeed imagined a new 28-minute show devoted to the birth of the 7ᵉ art, as its president, Nicolas de Villiers, revealed to our colleagues from Paris. Entitled "Le Mime et l'Étoile", the show was entirely imagined in-house, from the costumes to the music.
It is "a tribute to the pioneers, the Lumière brothers, Méliès, Keaton, Chaplin", but also a "dive into the heart of the Belle Époque, a period of our history known throughout the world", promises Nicolas de Villiers. At the heart of the plot, viewers will be swept up in a "very poetic" love story between actress Garance ("the star") and a dreamy young Gypsy ("the mime"). All in a black and white show.
Designed over three years, the performance should give viewers the illusion of being on a Belle Époque film set. And for this, the Vendée park has invested in a new 3,800 m² theater, which will accommodate 140 tons of sets for eight daily performances - where no less than 2,000 spectators are expected each time. Total cost of investment: 20 million euros, "the largest [investment] in France for a live performance", says Nicolas de Villiers.
From April 8, discover the new Puy du Fou show: Le Mime et l'Étoile!
To find out if the illusion and the magic operate, the park with 2.34 million visitors is just waiting for its reopening, scheduled for April 8.