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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival: Festival Neighborhood Tour

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

On Saturday, January 26, 2019, join the Chicago International Puppet Theater at Navy Pier for free, family-friendly performances at 12pm and 2pm. 

The Chicago International Puppet Theater’s Festival Neighborhood Tour fosters an appreciation of puppetry in every corner of the city by presenting two Festival artists in six neighborhood locations, for a total of 12 performances. 


This year the Neighborhood Tour is all international, with free performances in every corner of the city by amazing puppeteers from Italy and Puerto Rico. Shows include The Beginning of Nothing by Poncili Creación and Pulcinella by Gaspare Nasuto. Poncili Creación is an interactive sculpture collective based in Puerto Rico. Italy’s Gaspare Nasuto is one of the masters of Commedia dell’Arte performing comic lazzi to the delight of all ages. Click here to view the full schedule.

The Festival Neighborhood Tour is a free series (first come, first-served). Each show runs 45-60 minutes. All ages are welcome.

About the Shows

The Beginning of Nothing
By Poncili Creación (Puerto Rico)

In this fantastical journey audiences witness the clash of two worlds unknown yet familiar, one luscious and beautiful, the other gloomy and scary. All actions in these worlds seem to have strong repercussions on the other. How can both worlds survive this terrible codependency? At times a metaphor for our current society or even for survival itself, The Beginning of Nothing is a visually stunning journey that makes its way down an impossible path with a breeze of hope, told in a dazzling spiral of color and dance.

By Gaspare Nasuto (Italy) 

From the traditional Italian Commedia dell’Arte comes the very original of the form, hand puppet trickster Pulicinella, who upon migration to England became known to English speakers as Punch. Impeccable timing and hysterical predicaments performed in a classic puppet booth, Pulicinella encounters a host of characters from Scaramouche to the crocodile.

Gaspare Nasuto performance is supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago

Getting Here & Parking

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