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Opera dei Pupi, Sicilian Puppet Theater


In October 2018, the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Chicago organized the successful performance The Great Duel Between Orlando and Rinaldo for the Beautiful Angelica’s Sake of the Italian theatre company Associazione Figli d’Arte Cuticchio for the first time in the Twin Cities.

This was a rare opportunity to see a performance of the Sicilian Opera dei Pupi/Puppet Theater, led by master puppeteer Mimmo Cuticchio, one of the last heirs of this theater form, outside of Italy. 

In 2001, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) proclaimed the Opera dei pupi, a form of theater that dates back to the end of the 18th Century with stories based on epic medieval stories, a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity.



The program included:

  • Free matinĂ©es for schools at the Illusion Theater
  • An evening performance for general public with live music at the Illusion Theater
  • A workshop led by Mimmo Cuticchio at the Open Eye Figure Theatre
  • A talk led by Michael Wyatt (Stanford University) at the Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota


CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE EVENING PERFORMANCE WITH LIVE MUSIC

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE PICTURES OF THE EVENT


After Minneapolis, Mimmo Cuticchio and Associazione Figli d'Arte Cuticchio continued their tour with a workshop at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Chicago and performances at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

The event was co-presented by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul and the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Chicago and curated by Francesca Bortoletti, Assistant Professor at the Program in the History of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. The performances, workshop, and talk were hosted by the Illusion Theater, the Open Eye Figure Theater and the Center for Early Modern History.  

This event was made possible by: the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Italy, the French and Italian Department of the University of Minnesota.





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