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Special Events: Mimmo Cuticchio on scene with Il Cunto

8 July 2024

One of the most important heirs of the story telling tradition of the Opera dei Pupi, Mimmo Cuticchio will open the festival second night, on Tuesday 23 July, at 8.45 pm, with the live performance Il Cunto, in which the telling of epic-chivalric stories is entrusted to the gestures of the body, facial expressions and a particular metric scansion that go beyond words and inscribe the story in the ephemeral art of entertainment.
After the performance, Maestro Cuticchio will introduce the film Invelle by Simone Massi, in which he stars together with some of the most famous Italian actors and narrators, such as Marco Baliani, Ascanio Celestini, Luigi Lo Cascio, Neri Marcorè, Giovanna Marini, Toni Servillo, and Filippo Timi.
Through the art of the cunto and the animated film medium, the director and the story teller will give us a tribute to the story of oral memory and its power, a reading of History through the simple and true eyes and voices of normal people.

July 23, 2024, 8.45pm

Villa Cattolica – Guttuso Museum, S.S.113 – Via Ramacca 9, Bagheria (PA)

Free entry while places last

Mimmo Cuticchio

Born in his father Giacomo’s theater, he learned the art of Cunto from Peppino Celano, the last “traditional” cuntista. He innovated and surpassed the nineteenth-century tradition, fusing tradition and innovation, founding the company “Figli d’Arte Cuticchio” in 1971 and opening his theater in the heart of Palermo in 1973. Together with Salvo Licata and Carlo Quartucci he created “Guided tour of Opera dei Pupi” (1989), marking the transition to the big stage and integrating puppets and actors. Cuticchio experiments with contemporary theatre, collaborating with cinema, dance and music. Among his collaborations, names such as Coppola, Tornatore, Turturro and Crialese stand out. He has received numerous awards, including the UBU Prize (1998 and 2019) and the De Sica Prize (2013). In 2018, he was appointed Commander of the Republic by President Sergio Mattarella. He has published several books, including “To arms, knights!” (2017) and “We are Palermo” (2018). In 2022, he receives an honorary degree from Roma Tre, followed by a second degree from the University of Palermo in 2024.