Helena Talaya-Manso, Ph.D / Assistant Professor of Spanish / Oxford College of Emory University

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Lyceum/ Oxford Studies event

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On Thursday, November 20, 2014 I brought a Puppets Company Burattini di Riccardo from Italy to campus for a Lyceum and Oxford Studies event. Maestro Riccardo Pazzaglia and Milena Fantuzzi brought traditional colorful puppet theatre to Oxford College. I organized the encounter and their visit to encourage the diffusion of this art to an American audience trying to demonstrate the cultural richness and diversity of abroad local traditions. The maestro puppeteer toted 20 handcrafted puppets for the performance.

Many of the characters' personalities are bound to the Bolognese tradition, and they speak on Italian dialect and were based on traditional characters from Comedia Dell Arte. The event had a terrific turn out and I have received many positive comments coming from colleagues and students as well. After the show I have received this email from Professor Clark Lemons:

Thanks for bringing the Bolognese puppeteers here and what a nice show they did. The students all enjoyed it.  Some wrote about it for Oxford Studies, so I am including a critique one wrote that you may want to share with our friends or others. You did a very good job of producing the show!

Yours,

Clark