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Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 11:16:26 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] Pageant Puppetry Workshop in Italy! (fwd)

Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 11:26:18 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Pageant Puppetry Workshop in Italy!
From: Sophia Michahelles <>

Dear Friends, Artists, and Fellow Travelers,

It is hard to believe that this year will already be the fifth 
anniversary of our annual puppet workshop in the Italian village of 
Morinesio. What began as an unlikely flight of theatrical imagination 
is now an established part of Morinesio's annual calendar. >From the 
start, our goal was twofold. We have been able to share some of the 
techniques we have developed in our years of building giant puppets 
for New York's Halloween Parade; at the same time, we have used 
processional art as means of generating collaboration and dialogue 
across cultures.

The Morinesio Procession has quickly become an eagerly anticipated 
annual event in the region. Last summer's workshop and pageant drew 
over a hundred participants and was noted in the La Stampa, Turin's 
national daily paper. Regional Occitan musicians, dancers, 
storytellers, craftsmen, and chefs have becoming increasingly 
involved in shaping the event,  and with their support, we are 
continuing to build on this young and vital tradition.

We invite you to be part of the celebration, and join us this summer 
for 10 days of giant puppets, Italian feasts, and alpine vistas. And 
even if you can't be with us this this year, we would be grateful for 
your help in spreading the word to anyone you think might be 
interested, either by forwarding this email or downloading a poster 
from our website (

Our best wishes to all of you.

Alla prossima,

Alex and Sophia


5th Annual
Pageant Puppetry Workshop in Northern Italy!

June 17 - 25, 2006

Morinesio's Midsummer Pageant

Join us for a one-week workshop in pageant puppetry, culminating in a 
community procession for the Summer Solstice and the Feast of St. 
John the Baptist. Collaborate with international participants and 
local residents to enact age-old traditions of ritual celebration in 
Morinesio, a remote village in the Piedmont region of the Italian 

Master Puppeteers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles will guide you 
through the production of the pageant. As a group, we will draw 
inspiration from the lives, history, and folktales of the village as 
we design and construct giant puppets, lanterns and musical 
instruments. At the end of the week, local villagers will join in 
helping bring our creations to life, for two events - an illuminated 
Midsummer's Night procession and a Pageant of the Solstice the 
following day.     

The workshop will be hosted by Christa Gaebler at Casa dei Fiori, a 
newly restored complex of traditional stone houses. An international 
chef, Christa will introduce participants to the delicate tastes of 
Italian summer cuisine, with gourmet meals prepared daily with fresh, 
local herbs, produce, and mountain cheeses.

The workshop runs from Saturday June 17th to Sunday June 25th. The 
cost per person for the week is 1450 - 1950 Euros* (depending on 
accommodations), and includes the following:

        * Workshop tuition and materials
	* Transfer from Bus/ Train station in Cuneo
        * Apartment in Casa dei Fiori or shared rooms w/shared bath in 
adjacent B&B 
        * Daily traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner
        * Guided tour of local cheese farm
        * Bread-baking day at the village's communal oven
	* NEW! Lessons in traditional Occitan step-dancing, in 
preparation for the festa.

For more detailed information, visit our website (which also has 
pictures of past workshops):

To make a reservation, contact:

Pia Petruzzi
(203) 756-2517 

*For current exchange rates from Euros to US Dollars, go to

Sophia Michahelles and Alex Kahn
Designers, Superior Concept Monsters
Processional Art and Pageant Puppetry
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