Fratturato Teatro


While I was at the American Academy in Rome in 2008–2009, I had the opportunity to create a work for puppet theater called Fratturato Teatro (2008–2009). Please click on this link to view a complete performance of Fratturato Teatro for four musicians and puppet theater.

Fratturato Teatro is a work for ceremonial puppet theater, with the music driving the narrative. It is a retelling of Livy’s (59 BC – 17 AD) ancient account of the story of Romulus and Remus, and the formation of Rome. The work was premiered on May 30, 2009, at the American Academy in Rome by The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.

CREDITS:
Puppet Design: Maryann F. Kranis
Puppet Construction: Maryann F. Kranis, Heather Freedman and Michael Aitken
Starling Videos: Jennifer Coates
Flanking Panels: David Humphrey
The River: Marie Lorenz
The Hills: Jeff Williams
Lighting: Clement Coleman
Direction: Rosa Lowinger
Choreography: Brenda Way
Stage Design: Andrew Kranis

Puppeteers: Members of the American Academy in Rome (2008-09 term): Nadja Barlera, Carrie Benes, Margaret Fisher, Heather Freedman, David Humphrey, Annie Labatt, Rosa Lowinger, John Parker, Gregory Tentler, Margaret Zamos-Monteith

Music performed by The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble:
Eric Zivian (piano), Tanya Tomkins (cello), Chris Froh (percussion), Jeff Anderle (clarinet)

Video: Timothy Allen and Hisham Bizri

Special thanks to Martin Brody, Anne Coulson, and the American Academy in Rome

Fratturato Teatro: Slideshow of Puppets, Set, and Performance

Fratturato Teatro: Starlings on the River Tiber – video created by Jennifer Coates

Fratturato Teatro: Starlings rise above the Hills – video created by Jennifer Coates

Fratturato Teatro: The Starlings, The Storm – video created by Jennifer Coates

Fratturato Teatro: The Starlings, The Battle – video created by Jennifer Coates