L’Opera dei pupi de Palerme
Marie-Laure Désidéri et Christian Argentino
Rod-muppets, called “Pupi” are becoming increasingly widespread in Sicily since the nineteenth century. Medieval Chansons de gestes and especially the Song of Roland inspired these shows. How strange to hear in Palermo of Charlemagne and Angelica the Beautiful ! Mimmo Cuticchio and his company Figli d’Arte are the heirs of a family tradition, the last virtuosos of an endangered art. Mimmo Cuticchio draws on the ancient culture of Sicilian storytellers but renews the genre : far from being a children’s entertainment, its creation is fully grounded in today’s theatre.