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Theater: Mariposa Nocturna

October 28, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Employing handcrafted tabletop and shadow puppets, featuring original music/sound design, and showcasing precision manipulation, Mariposa Nocturna is a trilogy of short-form pieces combining traditional technique with postmodern sensibilities. Universal themes of loss and rebirth emerge via ideas and images rooted in Guatemalan culture and its unique, often humorous preoccupation with death: a child’s wish for her dying grandmother to have “a happy sleep” results in a bawdy, Japanese shadow-dream; a pair of bird-headed spinsters suddenly find themselves custodians of a large, glowing egg; a lonely toy carriage embarks upon a jaunty odyssey in search of buried dreams.

Inspired and influenced by the Quay Brothers, Marta Carrasco, Ukiyo-e, Grey Gardens, silent-era film and Butoh, this work strives to present a contemporary, interdisciplinary approach to both classical puppetry forms and Latin-American folklore in a performance setting that walks the line between theatre and performance art.

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October 28, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Chicago Cultural Center Studio Theater
78 E. Washington St.
Chicgao, IL United States

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