Cavaletti’s Dream, a signature marionette production by Miami artist Pablo Cano, returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) for a series of special anniversary performances. The production features Cano’s enchanting marionettes and rod puppets created from found objects, and combines elements of Italian chivalry and Greek mythology as it follows an 18th century knight on his quest for immortality. When not in performance, the marionettes and set will be on view at MOCA as an exhibition during museum hours. For tickets and information, call 305.893.6211.
Cavaletti’s Dream was originally presented at MOCA during the museum’s 1998-1999 season, and was Cano’s first MOCA-commissioned production. Since then, 10 additional productions have been commissioned by the museum, and have become an annual tradition. This is the first revival of a Cano production presented at MOCA. It celebrates the 10th anniversary of collaborations between MOCA and Cano.
Marionettes and rod puppets from the original production are featured as well as new pieces Cano has created especially for this 2009 revival. Its hero, Cavaletti appears as both a young man constructed from tin, wood and umbrella parts, and an old man created from an oversized musical bass. As he embarks on his quest, Cavaletti encounters magical creatures, goddesses, and monsters including Pegasus, a silver horse who soars through the air on wings made from an old music stand; Pallas Athena who wears a spinning air ventilator as armor; and Polyphemus, an evil cyclops, who peers at the audience through an eye created from an ice cream scoop.
The production also features new choreography by Cano’s longtime collaborator, Katherine Kramer. Cavaletti's Dream was written by Christopher King.
Sunday, October 18 / 2 pm
Wednesday, October 21 / 7 pm*
Saturday, October 24 / 2 pm
Sunday, October 25 / 2 pm
Wednesday, October 28 / 7 pm*
Saturday, October 31 / 2 pm
Sunday, November 1 / 2 pm
Saturday, November 8 / 2 & 4 pm
*MOCA by Moonlight Wednesday
(*Image: Pablo Cano, courtesy of the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami.)