Friday Nov 17th: An Entertaining Illustrated History of Cantastoria.
Banners and Cranks is a festival of cantastoria and crankyperformance by artists and musicians from all over the United States. Cantastoria is the Italian word for an ancient performance form involving the theatrical display of paintings accompanied by sung narration. A precursor to modern puppet theater, this practice originated in 6th Century India and spread East and West, with many different variations in style and subject matter.
Longtime Cantastoria practitioners Dave Buchen and Clare Dolan will present an illustrated history of this fascinating performance form. In addition to the illustrated lecture, they will share footage of picture-story recitation from around the world, including Indian, Australian, and Iranian performances, as well as contemporary cantastoria performed by artists, activists, writers and puppeteers in the U.S.
Please visit bannersandcranks.org to learn more about the performance form and the seven-year-old festival, coming to Frenchtown for the very first time!