Pupo di Zucchero - La Festa dei morti

The Sugar Statuette - The Day of the Dead

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The 2020 archive

Emma Dante

Palerme - Toulon / Created in 2020

Inspired by typical traditions of southern Italy, Emma Dante creates a baroque celebration full of life around universal themes: the memory of the dead—and the loneliness of the living.

Pupo di Zucchero - La Festa dei morti, Emma Dante, 2020 © Carmine Maringola


2 November is the day of the dead. And there are more than a few here: all that's left of the family is a lonely old man in a house full of memories. So, to celebrate his dead kin as they should be and to call them back to him, he creates for them a sugar statuette, as is customary in southern Italy. All of a sudden the dead start materialising and flitting about all around him, as if brought back to life by the memory of their last living relative. As if they were never gone. But if 2 November is a unique night, in the morning there will be no one left around the table but a lonely old man... Inspired by the traditions of her native Sicily, Emma Dante creates a baroque celebration full of life, music, and dance, to explore a theme as dear to her as it is universal: the memory of the dead—and the continuation of their lives within us, the living.


Production Compagnie SudCostaOccidentale
Executive production Châteauvallon-Le Liberté Scène nationale de Toulon
Co-production Teatro nazionale di Napoli (Italia), ExtraPôle Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur*, Teatro Biondo Palermo (Italia), La Criée Théâtre national de Marseille, Festival d’Avignon,  Anthéa - Antipolis Théâtre d’Antibes
With the support of the Fonds d'insertion pour les jeunes artistes dramatiques de la DRAC PACA et de la Région Sud

*Production platform supported by the Région Sud – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur gathering the Festival d’Avignon ; le Festival de Marseille ; le Théâtre National de Nice – CDN Nice Côte d’Azur ; La Criée Théâtre National de Marseille ; Les Théâtres, Marseille et Aix-en-Provence ; anthéa, Antipolis Théâtre d’Antibes ; Châteauvallon-Liberté, scène nationale et la Friche la Belle de Mai

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