Company Aiello, a puppetry collective from Philadelphia via Italy, is coming to the The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative to perform two original pieces based on Italian stories: “Spazzolino: Cameriere e Cavaliere” and “King Pepper”.
Spazzolino: Cameriere e Cavaliere
Out of Italian theatrical tradition, puppeteer Angelo Aiello has created an original character named Spazzolino. He’s a rascal and prankster who can’t help but save the day, a wooden-headed hero to the people who embodies a mischievous joie di vivre. He wants only two things: a mountain of beans to eat and justice for everyone. With a good heart and a good fork, he can get himself out of (almost) any situation.
Based on a fairy tale by Italo Calvino. Princess Reginella is unimpressed with all of her potential suitors, so she decides to create her husband herself. She builds her king out of flour and sugar, with a red chili pepper for a mouth. But when an evil queen kidnaps King Pepper, Reginella needs to enact a daring rescue.
Both pieces are written and performed by Angelo Aiello with live musical accompaniment by Rachel Icenogle – Cellist.
Thursday, October 17 at 6:30pm, 60 minutes
Angelo Aiello, an inventive puppeteer, storyteller, director, and teacher of creative theater, began his journey as a burattinaio in the commedia dell’arte tradition in 2001, and created Company Aiello in 2007. He has participated in festivals both in Italy and abroad (France, Belgium, Austria, Israel, Poland). In September of 2013, he was selected to participate in the World Puppet Carnival’s International Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he performed his original work Spazzolino and the Rubbish City. Drawing from the traditional repertoire of glove puppet theater and using the history of commedia dell’arte as a canvas, Angelo reimagines old stories in a contemporary light. Relocated to Philadelphia since 2016, Company Aiello is ready to share its captivating world with a new audience.
Rachel Icenogle is a versatile cellist with a mind for new and interesting sounds. Specializing in experimental music, she loves to explore the tonal palette of her instrument. She performs solo as Uncle Valentine, composes music for puppet shows with Company Aiello, and is also a member of the Philadelphia band Upholstery. Rachel has performed improvisation with Roscoe Mitchell and has collaborated as a musician with several independent theater and dance groups in Philadelphia (BRAT Productions, Ombelico Mask Ensemble, Transmissions Theater, SWARM, and Birds on a Wire). She also often records cello for other bands, including in the last year on new albums from both Eric Slick and Hop Along. With a passion for the unique and unexpected, Rachel sets herself apart as a performer, always seeking opportunities to diversify and discover new artistic expression.