2024 Festival Archive: Wakka Wakka

Wakka Wakka:
Dead as a Dodo

January 20-21, 2024

The Biograph’s Začek McVay Theater

Presented by Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

With special support from: The Ferdi Foundation, Manaaki Foundation, Cheryl Lynn Bruce & Kerry James Marshall. With additional support from Cheryl Henson



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About the Performance

January 20-21, 2024
The Biograph’s Začek McVay Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

US Premiere

A marionette made of ice will melt your heart in Anywhere, an exquisite, landmark string-marionette work created by the French company Théâtre de l’Entrouvert. Freely inspired by Henry Bauchau’s novel “Oedipus on the Road,” Anywhere evokes the long wandering of Oedipus accompanied by his daughter Antigone. The fallen Oedipus appears in the form of an ice puppet that gradually melts, then appears as mist and finally disappears in the forest, the place of clairvoyance. Anywhere traces with gentleness and strength a poetic journey, in black and white, of fire and ice, which speaks to us about our bodies, our environment, our fragilities, and our wanderings in the infinite circle of renewal.

Reviews + Interviews

The best things we saw at the 6th Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, by Kimzyn Campbell, Irene Hsiao and Kerry Reid in the Chicago Reader

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, 2024, by Joshua Minsoo Kim in Tone Glow

ChiIL Live Shows On Our Radar: Dead as a Dodo, by Bonnie Kenaz-Mara in ChilL Mama

Sixth Chicago Puppet Festival astonishes and delights, by Angela Allyn in Chicago Stage and Screen

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Past Performances and Further Reading