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Meet the Artist! Lecture and Puppet Demonstration by Puppet Master Mimmo Cuticchio

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Italian Puppet Master Mimmo Cuticchio will interact with the audience and reveal the secrets behind the technical and practical knowledge of puppetry. Free and open to the public.

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. 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:

This event is being held in conjunction with "The Great Duel between Orlando and Rinaldo for the Beautiful Angelica's Sake," performed by Theater Company Associazione Figli d'Arte Cuticchio on the following days: 

Tuesday, October 30th at 6pm
University of Illinois, 

Foellinger Auditorium

709 S Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

Free performance.


Friday, November 2nd at 4:30pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Theater East, Chicago
915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Free performance.*

*Reservations recommended

About Mimmo Cuticchio

Mimmo Cuticchio comes from a family of distinguished puppeteers and is one of the last true heirs of the Opera dei Pupi theatrical tradition. In 1973, he opened the Teatro dei Pupi Santa Rosalia in Palermo, Italy and is now passing the tradition on to his son. He founded the Associazione Figli d’Arte Cuticchio in 1977, intending to pass down the artistic tradition. Similarly, in 1997 he opened a workshop and the first School for Pupari e Cuntisti (puppeteers and storytellers) in order to ensure the future for Opera dei Pupi.


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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Italian Cultural Institute
500 N Michigan Ave
Suite 1450
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

500 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1450

Chicago, IL 60611


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