Pageant Puppetry Workshop in the Italian Alps
July 14 – 21, 2019
Join us for week-long workshop in pageant puppetry, culminating in a Midsummer Procession of giant puppets and other visual elements. Collaborate with international participants and local residents to build on a event that evokes the seasonal rites of the Solstice and the Feast of San Giovanni Battista, in a remote village in the Occitan region of the Italian Alps.
Master puppeteers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles will guide you through the production of the Pageant. Drawing on the oral histories, agrarian rituals, folk tales, and ecology of this under-explored corner of Italy, you will collaborate with local villagers to create an evening Procession of Lights and a Midsummer Pageant the following day. You will learn, through hands-on experience, how to construct and animate giant puppets, performing objects, banners, lanterns and ceremonial architecture.
Daily workshop sessions are complimented by trips to nearby Medieval churches and cheese kitchens, an Occitan step-dancing lesson, and other unpredictable wonders. The workshop is hosted byChrista and Fritz Gaebler at Casa dei Fiori, an authentically restored complex of traditional stone houses. Christa, a world-class gourmet chef, will introduce participants to the tastes of early Italian summer, through elaborate communal meals with ingredients fresh from the garden.
Fritz and Christa Gaebler (hosts, producers, chef) are proprietors of Casa dei Fiori, and hail originally from Stuttgart, Germany. For 30 years they have made the historic restoration of Morinesio their life work. Christa is a world-class chef, organic gardener, and teacher of culinary arts, and she has owned several successful restaurants in both Germany and the United States. They are currently creating a new retreat in Kerala, India.
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All particpants are housed in the lovely Casa dei Fiori, or in one of the neighboring Morinesio stone farmhouses that have been converted into comfortable guest accomodations with modern conveniences.
Participants have their choice of various living arrangements, ranging from luxurious private apartments, to economical but comfortable shared rooms. Prices vary depending on private or shared accommodations, and walking distance from the puppet workshop.
Three full meals are served daily, prepared from local, fresh produce by Christa and other local chefs. A highlight of the week is pizza night, a gathering of villagers and participants to feast on pizza baked in the wood-fired oven of the oldest house in the village.RETURN TO TOP
WORKSHOP and PAGEANT PICTURES:
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The 2019 workshop runs from Saturday July 14 to Sunday July 21. Workshop fees start at 2300 Euros and vary depending on accommodations. There is a 10% discount for reservations confirmed by March 1. Discounts for groups and families of 5 or more are also available upon request..The workshop fee includes the following:
Arrangements are possible for extended stays, in order to fully explore Val Maira region beyond the timeframe of the workshop.
- Workshop tuition and all materials
- Housing and daily traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals prepared from locally grown ingredients.
- Guided tour of medieval village of Elva, local cheese farm, hair museum, and other areas of interest
- Pizza baking in local wood-fired oven
- Traditional Occitan step-dancing lessons in village piazza
Contact for reservations, pricing or more info:
Christa & Fritz Gaebler
tel: (39) 017.1999303
Click on map for directions to Morinesio & Casa dei Fiori
Booking Terms and Conditions:
Reservations will be accepted until May 1, 2019. To confirm your reservation, we require a 1000 Euro deposit per person (non-refundable). Final payment is due upon arrival at workshop. Payment may be made in either American dollars or Euros and is payable by traveler's checks or personal check to Christa Gaebler. European participants can transfer their deposits directly to the Casa Dei Fiore bank account. Credit cards are not accepted. We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if there is insufficient enrollment. If by May 1, the enrollment minimum of 8 participants has not been met, we will provide you with a full deposit refund. We cannot, however, pay compensation or incur liability for travel expenses or other expenses you have incurred. For this reason we recommend that you acquire travel insurance to refund your airfare if event is cancelled. In the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled, we offer the option for you to stay at Casa die Fiori at an arranged weekly rate.