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Chicago Puppet Fest presents:

Figurentheater Wilde & Vogel: Spleen

Spleen is a kaleidoscope of pictures, songs and miniatures, inspired by Charles Baudelaire’s collection of poems “Le Spleen de Paris,” published posthumously in 1869. Mankind on the threshold to modernity is described in scenes played out between thirst for life and longing for death, between a romantic search for infinity and a brutal triviality. The performers are on the stage with puppets and musical instruments, while Baudelaire’s texts are spoken by children recorded on tape. The magic of this kaleidoscope develops in the imagination between actors, material and audience – a sequence of pictures and live music that wants to counterpoint Baudelaire’s vision of the world and open it for a new understanding for the present.

Event Details

Friday, January 19
at 9 pm
Saturday, January 20 at 5 pm and 9 pm
Sunday, January 21 at 5 pm

Location: The Biograph’s Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Cost: $30/$20 students & seniors

Ages: 16 and up

Running Time: 70 mins

ADA Accessible? Yes 

Special thanks to:
Goethe-Institut Chicago