Join us for a special afternoon of imagination and whimsy.
Come early to be part of a puppet making workshop, accompanied by live music and followed by a performance of an Italo Calvino story, reinterpreted!!
* Feel free to bring a drink or dish to share.
Everyone is welcome!
Rachel Icenogle (Uncle Valentine, Upholstery) is a cellist and composer. She makes weird sounds and sometimes pretty ones, too. Her inspirations are often insects and/or the number three.
Angelo Aiello is a puppeteer and storyteller. He has created a machine that recycles disillusionment and disappointment into renewable energy.
Kimberly Paynter is a student of classical guitar, bewitched by Latin lullabies, choros, and Bach.
12pm - Puppet Making Workshop!!
Company Aiello will offer a workshop in puppet construction, utilizing recycled material. Things we would otherwise throw away every day are given new life as whimsical characters. Participants are provided newspaper, tape, and an assortment of other found objects with which to build their own bizarre figures.
Live Music by Kimberly Paynter and Lorne Peart!
2pm - Puppet Performance
Spazzolino: Cameriere e Cavaliere: Drawing from the traditional repertoire of glove puppet theater (Pulcinella, Fagiolino, Punch, etc.) and using the history of commedia dell’arte as a
canvas, old stories are reimagined in a contemporary light. Out of this theatrical tradition, Angelo has created an original character named Spazzolino. He’s a rascal and prankster who can’t help but save the day, a wooden-headed hero to the people who embodies a mischievous joie di vivre. He wants only two things: a mountain of beans to eat and justice for everyone. With a good heart and a good fork, he can get himself out of (almost) any situation.
King Pepper: based on a fairy tale by Italo Calvino. Princess Reginella is unimpressed with all of her potential suitors, so she decides to create her husband herself. She builds her king out of
flour and sugar, with a red chili pepper for a nose.
Angelo Aiello, an inventive puppeteer, storyteller, director, and teacher of creative theater, began his journey as a burattinaio in the commedia dell’arte tradition in 2001. He has participated in
festivals both in Italy and abroad (France, Belgium, Austria, Israel, Poland). In September of 2013, he was selected to participate in the World Puppet Carnival’s International Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he performed his original work Spazzolino and the Rubbish City.