My third time working with the fabulous Remo di Filippo and Rhoda di Filippo Lopez of di Filippo Marionettes, bringing world wide street performers of all kinds to their home town with FOF. I arrived when they were still on tour to add to the parade puppet collection I started last year to extend the very popular parade event (last year the first parade). The theme this year was to do with “uplift”, so I thought birds would be good, as well as some hot air balloon paper lanterns I brought along. The lanterns were decorated by myself and a great team of Lella and her mom. Meanwhile, I worked on the two birds for the parade. Last year, cardboard was what was available, so I made these but this year there was some wicker material so I decided to experiment with that. I was super light weight and easy to work with and I’ll be looking for the material at home! I worked in an ancient
wine cellar, along with artists Sanjiva Margio and his son Pablo. They
were building giant people for the parade. My building took about a week and a half, then I went on to materials prep for the
workshops scheduled for me to lead in Offida as well as a few nearby towns to help the children make puppets which they would then use in the parade. I also presented a teacher workshop, which I do every time I come to Offida. I find that they use what I present, and actually would like to co-produce a book with me in Italian based on what we did last year: Puppet City, on this page.
One of my favorites of the many excellent performers at FOF: Zero en Conducta (“Zero in Conduct” – referring to kids who can’t sit still…)