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Support the Cuticchio project (Italian Theater in the Twin Cities)

  • 01 Nov 2018
  • 6:00 AM (CDT)
  • 30 Nov 2018
  • 11:00 PM (CST)
  • Will be announced soon!


  • Receive 14 tickets for the performance and an exclusive dinner with Mimmo Cuticchio for 4 guests
  • Receive 12 tickets for the performance and an exclusive dinner with Mimmo Cuticchio for 2 guests
  • Receive 10 tickets for the performance
  • Receive 4 tickets for the performance
  • Receive 2 tickets for the performance


Help us bring Italian Theater 

to the Twin Cities 


Master-puppeteer Mimmo Cuticchio

November 2018

In 2008 UNESCO proclaimed the Opera dei Pupi a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The theatre has ancient roots in literary masterpieces of the Renaissance – epic medieval European novels that created a unique style of theatre in Sicily at the end of the 19th century. The stories were narrated and sung in the streets of Palermo by storytellers (cuntisti) and subsequently transferred to the theater where the movement of the puppets (Pupi) was added.

Mimmo Cuticchio renews this century-old theatrical tradition and ensures its legacy. His art nurtures and reinvents the Opera dei Pupi and takes it to new creative directions by infusing the art form with new stories, different theatrical languages, genders and forms of the contemporary theater. Cuticchio takes this Sicilian tradition beyond the geographical borders of Sicily, with appearances in Europe, Indonesia, Japan, Australia and the USA. 

ICC is eager to bring this artist and art form into the American Midwest for the first time, to share oral literary tradition. The magic of the world he creates delivers profound artistic and human values that belong to Italian history, language, and culture. 

We have planned a series of performances and meetings for a broad audience and all ages to enjoy in November 2018. We will familiarize the viewers with this form of art through different initiatives occurring before the performances. The audience will thus be prepared to share the experience of an ancient yet alive, new, experimental form of art.

Some of the main actors of the Twin Cities puppet scene will be actively involved to create a dialogue between the different arts communities and with the ICC’s intention to foster a new and different tradition of puppet theater.

The stellar artistic reputation of Mimmo Cuticchio and his company, coupled with the uniqueness of his artistic practice, provides ICC an opportunity to expose Twin Cities audiences to this Sicilian art form. The board of ICC has decided that expanding our arts offerings is a good way to expand our activities and highlight important Italian contributions to world culture. While the Twin Cities offers a wide variety of puppetry, Cuticchio’s form is unique and will add to the local dialogue.

This will be the largest live performance project ICC has undertaken. Bringing such project to a reality requires a great balance of energy, passion but also financial support from our members and community partners. The ICC, as a non-profit organization, has the duty to define strong strategies to help cover the costs.

We are currently applying for local and Italian grants but also wanted to ask if you would be interested in supporting the project (total budget of $25.000).  

We have planned different options for you to choose from:

Tickets for the performance

An exclusive dinner with Mimmo Cuticchio

Option A - $5,000


4 guests

Option B - $2,500


2 guests

Option C - $1,000


Option D - $500


Option E - $250




John Turturro and Mimmo Cuticchio:

Mimmo Cuticchio and his son Giacomo:

National Geographic documentary on Mimmo Cuticchio and his company (1984):

Questions? Contact Tiziana Cervesato, ICC Events & Membership Director, at

The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
 528 Hennepin Ave | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | (612) 295-4111 

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