Chicago rediscovers puppetry in global festival

A Puppet Cabaret performance is shown in this image released on January 13, 2015, by Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. — Reuters pic CHICAGO, Jan 14 — Puppets aren’t just about Muppets, kids and circuses.

Indeed, an international puppetry festival in Chicago aims to redefine the art form, and promises theatregoers an experience that, unlike so many in our digital age, can’t be swiped, streamed, downloaded, or tweeted.

The first annual Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, which opens today and runs through January 25, is about the many forms of contemporary puppetry — from marionettes, masking and shadow puppets to tabletop puppets and larger-than-life installation characters that tell stories that are both epic and innately intimate.

Drunken Half-Angel by Michael Montenegro performance shown in this image released by the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. Puppet theatre is thought to have been around in some form for more

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