L'Expédition Alexandre, une deuche pour Pinocchio


In 1961, Philippe Genty took part in a competition sponsored by the communication group Publicis, aimed at talents in various artistic fields. His puppetry expertise allowed him to win the "Bourse de la Vocation" (vocational grant).

The following year, with the support of UNESCO, Philippe Genty started a four-year round-the-world trip, travelling 130,000 kilometres and crossing 34 countries. He saw the world's biggest towns behind the wheel of his Citroën 2CV, presenting his first show, entitled Expédition Alexandre, in each port of call, allowing him to make the acquaintance of 3,000 puppeteers.

Philippe started the journey with his companion Serge George, who was forced to abandon the adventure due to health issues. A young Japanese puppeteer named Mitchiko Tagawa took his place in the adventure.

In 1966, Philippe was awarded Citroën's "Around the World in a 2 CV" award.