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"The Great Duel between Orlando and Rinaldo for the Beautiful Angelica's Sake" SICILIAN PUPPET THEATER



The Great Duel between Orlando and Rinaldo for the Beautiful Angelica's Sake" SICILIAN PUPPET THEATER

Friday, November 2, 2018 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Theater East, 915 E 60th Street, Chicago IL


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Join us for a rare opportunity to see a performance of the Sicilian Opera dei Pupi, led by master puppeteer Mimmo Cuticchio, one of the last heirs of this theater form, outside of Italy. Performed by Associazione Figli d'Arte Cuticchio, the show offers captivating entertainment for all ages. An understanding of the Italian language is not required to enjoy this enthralling and unique show. Free and open to the public, but reservations are required at

Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul, in collaboration with Ministero dei beni e delle attivita' culturali e del turismo. Special thanks to Professor Francesca Bortoletti (University of Minnesota), Project Curator.

The performances tell the otherworldly, magical war story of Orlando and Rinaldo as they desert the French army in pursuit of the beautiful princess Angelica, battle with outlandish beasts in the forest, challenge each other to a duel and are only saved from destroying each other by the convenient intervention of an enterprising wizard. The performance will feature recorded music from Giacomo Cuticchio, who will also be handling the puppets alongside Mimmo.

While Opera dei Pupi/Sicilian Puppet Theater has been mesmerizing audiences since the start of the 18th century, when marionettes were a popular form of entertainment, the show’s narrative structure has been adapted for a contemporary audience. In 2001 UNESCO recognized Sicilian Puppet Theater as part of humanity’s “oral and intangible heritage.” For a description of Sicily’s Puppet Theater Tradition as listed on the UNESCO website, please click here:


It is difficult to determine exactly where the Opera dei Pupi originated. Some experts think that its origin could be traced back to the Greek marionettists, since rod marionettes were known to exist by then in Syracuse, Sicily. It is less difficult to establish the start of the Sicilian Puppet Theatre. The Opera dei Pupi/Sicilian Puppet Theatre dates back to the end of the 18th Century. The Opera finds its roots in the desire for chivalric and literary themes to become part of popular (street) theatre. The stories are based on epic medieval literature through the re-elaboration of the material contained in epic medieval tales as well as in Italian Renaissance poetry, such as Orlando Furioso/The Frenzy of Orlando by Ludovico Ariosto. The characters are typified by their facial expressions, the color of their copper or brass armor fashion, and the emblem they wear on their suit of armor and shield.

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Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Theater East, 915 E 60th Street, Chicago
(Parking lot located at the corner of Drexel Avenue and 60th Street free after 4:00 pm; limited street parking available around Midway Plaisance; a Parking Garage is located at Drexel Avenue and 61st Street, rate is $4 per hour)

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Data: Ven 2 Nov 2018

Organizzato da : Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago

In collaborazione con : Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Ingresso : Libero


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