Mariposa Nocturna

by Barry Bennett



the music in this collection was commissioned and composed for Stephanie Diaz's "Mariposa Nocturna: A Puppet Triptych," performed at The Chicago Cultural Center Studio Theater October 28 2013, as part of The Chicago Department of Culutral Affairs and Special Events Fall 2013 In The Works Residency and Development Program.

About the performance:

Employing handcrafted tabletop and shadow puppets, featuring original music/sound design, and showcasing precision manipulation, Mariposa Nocturna is a trilogy of short-form pieces combining traditional technique with postmodern sensibilities.

Universal themes of loss and rebirth emerge via ideas and images rooted in Guatemalan culture and its unique, often humorous preoccupation with death: a child's wish for her dying grandmother to have "a happy sleep" results in a bawdy, Japanese shadow-dream; a pair of bird-headed spinsters suddenly find themselves custodians of a large, glowing egg; a lonely toy carriage embarks upon a jaunty odyssey in search of buried dreams.

Inspired and influenced by the Quay Brothers, Marta Carrasco, Ukiyo-e, Grey Gardens, silent-era film and Butoh, this work strives to present a contemporary, interdisciplinary approach to both classical puppetry forms and Latin-American folklore in a performance setting that walks the line between theatre and performance art.


released November 18, 2013

all sounds by Barry Bennett
voices of the petitioners on TRACK #1:
Madrid St. Angelo
Juan Villa
Stella Grace Moseley (the child)
Maggie Baker
Isabel Quintero
Ricardo Gutierrez
Sandra Delgado
Stephanie Diaz



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Barry Bennett Chicago, Illinois

Barry Bennett is a drummer, bandleader, and a JEFF nominated maker of theatrical music and sound.
He released 5 albums between 1997 and 2008 with MiLkBabY and in 2010 released his first solo album.
He is Artistic Director of THE IMPENDING BEHAVIOR ORCHESTRA; instigator of the tribal avant combo, BLACK DOT ; and can be found beating the drums with a variety of groups on stages in the region.
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