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La Calisto

La Calisto
214 College Street, Robert Gill Theatre
Time: Feb 10th, 6:30 pm End: Feb 10th, 9:00 pm
Interest Categories: Slavic Studies (FAS), Music, Faculty of , English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), Cinema, 2000-, 1500-1800
Film screening of Cake and Puppets production of a baroque opera by Francesco Cavalli

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts is pleased to present

La Calisto

Cakes and Puppets/Buchty a Loutky is an experimental puppet theatre company from the Czech Republic. Founded in 1991 by graduates of the puppet department of the Prague Academy of the Performing Arts, Cakes and Puppets has premiered over 40 live productions for adults and children and they have designed stop-motion sequences for films including Lars von Trier’s The Antichrist. Their performances combine old toys, discarded objects, and fine art sculpture. Their aesthetic has been called “punk puppetry” and “the theatre of Do-It-Yourself.” Their work spans fairy tales, opera, and a recent “Reloaded” series of puppet productions of classic and cult films including Rocky, Psycho, Jaws, and Barbarella.

Cakes and Puppets will  screen a film of their production of La Calisto, a baroque opera by Francesco Cavalli that combines marionettes, animate objects, and live singers from the Collegium Marianum in Prague. Linda Hutcheon, Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature and author of numerous books on opera, will introduce La Calisto.

For information about performances of Three Little Pigs and Tibet: Through the Red Door, please click the title to see the linked page.

The visit of Cakes and Puppets is made possible through generous grants of support from the following organizations:

    The Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies
    The Jackman Humanities Institute
    The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
    The Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
    The Department of English, UTSG
    The Department of English and Drama, UTM
    The Department of English, UTSC
    The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
    The Centre for Comparative Literature
    The Office of the Vice Dean, School of Graduate Studies

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Cake and Puppets


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