Tall Horse

Tall Horse is based on the life of a giraffe caught in the southern Sudan by the Viceroy of Egypt to be presented as a gift for the King of France in 1827. The giraffe was taken up the River Nile in a felucca, shipped across the Mediterranean and wintered in Marseilles. A three-month walk to Paris creates a sensation on the way, and some say inspires the design of the Eiffel Tower. This multi-media production captures the extraordinary journey, while the giraffe’s handler, Atir, interprets their discovery of France with wit and irony.

Creative Team

Producer: Handspring Puppet Company
Director: Marthinus Basson
Script: Khephra Burns
Choreographer: Koffi Kôkô
Puppet Design: Adrian Kohler and Yaya Coulibaly
Set and Costume Design: Adrian Kohler
Music Composition: Warrick Sony
Video Animation: Jaco Bouwer
Lighting Design: Wesley France


Adrian Kohler, Yaya Coulibaly, Busi Zokufa, Fourie Nyamande, Basil Jones, Nana Traoré, Yacouba Magassouba, Téhibou Bagayoko, Enrico D. Wey, Mbali Kqosidintsi, Craig Leo, Sandile Matsheni, Bheki Vilakazi


2004 South Africa, Germany, USA

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