Fortunato Depero’s Marionette Theatre

New York - 26/03/2014 : 26/03/2014

Discussione sul balletto di marionette, Balli Plastici (1918), di Fortunato Depero.


Comunicato stampa

On March 26, join celebrated puppeteer Dan Hurlin (creator of critically acclaimed puppet theatre Disfarmer) at the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) for a free presentation exploring Futurism’s forays into puppetry and performance. Hurlin is currently working on a project devoted to Fortunato Depero’s 1918 Balli Plastici (Plastic Ballets), a little-known but groundbreaking production by the Futurist artist in which machine-inspired puppets take the stage instead of human dancers. In Futurist fashion, the ballet casts technology in the starring role, blending the mechanical with the fantastic—and creating an avant-garde production very much ahead of its time

Additional details on the program follow below. More information about CIMA and its inaugural Depero installation are availablehere; please do not hesitate to contact me directly for further information on this event or the foundation at large.

Fortunato Depero’s Marionette Theatre

In a free panel discussion and presentation, co-sponsored by the American Academy in Rome, speakers will explore toys, automata, and the possibilities of imagination in Fortunato Depero’s 1918 marionette ballet Balli Plastici (Plastic Ballets), a dance of machines.

Puppeteer Dan Hurlin, current Fellow, American Academy of Rome
Jessica Palmieri, founder of
Raffaele Bedarida, CIMA Fellow

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 6–8pm

Center for Italian Modern Art
421 Broome Street, 4th floor, New York NY 10013

Free; RSVP at

Subway: 4, 6 train at Lafayette/Spring Street, the J, N, Q, R train at Canal/Lafayette Street; Bus: M5 to Broadway/Spring Street or X1, X10, X12, X27, X28 to Broadway/Broome Street (express)
Dan Hurlin is an American puppeteer and performance artist. His 2009 critically acclaimed puppet theatre production Disfarmer, the story of portrait photographer and recluse Mike Disfarmer’s 40-year career, had its world premiere at St Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn before traveling to institutions such as MASS MoCA and the Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston. The subject and star of David Soll’s 2010 documentary Puppet, Hurlin is an Albert, OBIE, and Bessie Awards winner and former Guggenheim fellowship grantee. He teaches in the theatre and dance departments at Sarah Lawrence College.

Founded in 2013 and based in New York City, Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) is a private nonprofit foundation established to promote scholarly research and advance public appreciation of modern and contemporary Italian art in the U.S. and internationally. Through research fellowships, annual installations, and ongoing sponsorship of cultural programming, CIMA advocates for a deeper awareness of 20th -century Italian art and its enduring legacy and serves as an incubator for new discourse and scholarly debate. CIMA’s inaugural installation, open until June 28, 2014, features the work of Futurist Fortunato Depero (1892–1960).