Experience the legacy of puppeteers Mike and Aida Manteo, their children and grandchildren, a family bound together by a Sicilian folk tradition that spans a century in New York. Experience this enlightening journey into the Century-Old Papa Manteo Sicilian Marionette Theater tradition. Since 1908, five generations of the Manteo family have performed episodes from "Un Avventura d'Orlando Furioso" (the epic adventures of the knight Roland in defense of Charlemagne's empire) with life-sized marionettes. This distinctive art form of marionette theater emerged in Sicily in the early nineteenth century, though the tradition of performing the Orlando cycle with marionettes dates back to the sixteenth century.
Funded project of the New York Humanities Council. The New York Council for the Humanities distributes federal funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities directly to notable projects created by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural and educational organizations.