Puppet Theatre: the Art of Enzo Mancuso

The Sicilian Puppet Theatre and one of its renowned interpreters.

1. The Puppets

Born in the early nineteenth century, The Opera dei Pupi is a puppet theatre from southern Italy whose repertoire focuses on the Carolingian cycle, the complex of medieval stories featuring Charlemagne and his faithful paladins. In Sicily, a region which today sees the greatest diffusion of the Opera dei Pupi, there are two distinct traditions: the Palermitan and the Catanese, which differ in the size and mobility of the puppets and in the repertoire. In 2008 this theatrical genre was inscribed by UNESCO on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Enzo Mancuso belongs to a puppeteer family active in Palermo since 1928. He is the founder and artistic director of the Compagnia Carlo Magno and manages a stable Opera dei Pupi theatre in the Borgo Vecchio district of Palermo. He is an expert builder and personally creates the puppets he uses in his shows. http://www.mancusopupi.it/

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