Pageant Puppetry Workshop in the Italian Alps
Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles
June 24 - July 3, 2016
Based on the kind of accommodation the price ranges from around 2,290 - to 3,290 Euros per participant.
Join us for week-long workshop in pageant puppetry, culminating in a Midsummer Procession of giant puppets and other visual elements. Collaborate with international participants and local residents to build on a event that evokes the seasonal rites of the Solstice and the Festa of San Giovanni Battista, in a remote village high in the Italian Alps.
Master Puppet Designers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles will guide you through the production of the Pageant. Drawing on the oral histories, agrarian rituals, folk tales, and ecology of this under-explored corner of Occitan Italy, you will collaborate with local villagers to create an evening Procession of Lights and a Midsummer Pageant the following day. You will learn, through hands-on experience, how to construct giant puppets, banners, lanterns and ceremonial architecture.
Daily workshop sessions are complimented by trips to nearby Medieval churchesn and cheese kitchens, Occitan step-dancing lessons, and other unpredictable wonders. The workshop will be hosted by Christa and Fritz Gaebler at Casa dei Fiori, an authentically restored complex of traditional stone houses. Christa, a world-class gourmet chef, will introduce participants to the tastes of early Italian summer, through elaborate communal meals with ingredients fresh from the garden.