The Iliad or Priam's redemption, a puppet show, is staged at the Auditorium Parco della Musica directed by Mimmo Cuticchio.
The action takes place on three stage levels: the puppet-men, the puppet-priests and the actor-gods. In the show, the Greek epos merges with the contemporary in a staging that sees new puppets modeled on the figures of the Greeks and Trojans, respecting the traditional canons that the family of artists has handed down from generation to generation. At the same time, both ancient and modern instruments are used in the soundtrack that accompanies the events represented, following the rhythms of improvisation typical of the Sicilian puppet theater.
Cuticchio is an important heir to the tradition of the Sicilian "cuntisti" and the Opera dei Pupi, now registered among the UNESCO oral and intangible Heritages of humanity. Son of the well-known puppeteer Giacomo Cuticchio, in 1973 he opened the Santa Rosalia Puppet Theater in Palermo. In 1977 he founded the association "Figli d'Arte Cuticchio", which aims to safeguard the art of the Opera dei Pupi: a new generation of pupils who are inspired by his acting and the style of the Sicilian "cuntaro" (storyteller).
Among the main interpreters, in addition to Mimmo Cuticchio himself, we mention: Tania Giordano, Giuseppe Graffeo, Elisa Puleo. Music written by Giacomo Cuticchio.
Photo credits: courtesy of the Auditorium Parco della Musica official site