Sunday, February 17, 2013

One More Favorite Carnevale Activity: Passa al Goldoni

I wanted to mention one last favorite annual event of Carnevale before leaving those festivities entirely behind: Passa al Goldoni, a series of four or five puppet shows held in the foyer of Teatro Goldoni each Carnevale season. Entry is free, but seating is limited, and if the photos I post here are all from behind the puppeteer it's because there was no space for me in front of the stage.

Sandro attended two of the shows put on by the puppeteer Mauro Pagan and loved them both, as did the rest of kids in the audiences (as you can see from the above photo). These particular photos are from Pagan's performance of San Giorgio e il drago, which happily had nothing of the ecclesiastical about it, but included real flames, some scary moments, a lot of humor, and the perfect amount of flatulence humor.

Mauro Pagan enacts St George's slaying of the dragon


  1. The expressions on those faces are priceless!

    1. I couldn't see what was going on on stage & wasn't even really listening closely to the play, but the kids' laughter was infectious. Quite enjoyable.

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    1. If you're lucky enough to happen upon a puppet show like this, Yvonne, with a large audience of lively kids you'll get the sense of almost being one again! What's the term: a "contact high"?