2018 – Marionetas do Porto – 30 years


FAUSTO (12+) | 25 January to 4 February
Teatro de Belomonte
Rua de Belomonte, 57 Porto
Thursday to Saturday 9:30 pm; Sunday 4 pm
+ Info – 222 089 175 | teatro@marionetasdoporto.pt

Faust is the protagonist of a popular German legend, of a pact with the devil. Faust is a poem of epic proportions, which recounts the tragedy of Dr. Faust, a man of science who, disillusioned with the knowledge of his time, makes a pact with the demon Mephistopheles, which fills him with satanic energy full of passion for technique and for progress. In this adaptation, the classic meets contemporaneity where the time is timeless.
This project arises from the desire of Roberto Merino to pay homage to João Paulo Seara Cardoso (1956-2010), founder of Teatro de Marionetas do Porto. It was with great pleasure that we accepted this challenge, also wanting Teatro de Marionetas do Porto to celebrate, in this way, the 40 years of theatrical activity in Portugal of this Chilean creator, based in the city of Porto.
A special thanks to all the crowdfunding supporters of this creation.



KITSUNE (12+) | 23 and 24 February
Teatro Municipal de Matosinhos Constantino Nery
Av. Serpa Pinto, 242 Matosinhos
Friday and Saturday 9:30 pm
+ Info – 229 392 320

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Death is forgotten in the fast pace of everyday life, in the turning away from nature, especially in large urban centers; this reality is hidden away making it something that, although inevitable, apparently can be constantly postponed.
In big cities more and more people die alone.
From the reflection on death inevitably comes also a reflection on life, on being alive and on the ancient ritual of finding and accepting death as part of the natural cycle.
This project aims to be a compliment to life, to the reunion with simplicity, to playing, to loving, to the pleasure found in small daily tasks, to remembering without regrets and to calm, but also to redeeming the possibility of saying goodbye.
Looking death in the eye, serving her a hot soup and giving her your hand.



ÓSCAR (3+) | 7 to 11 March
Teatro Carlos Alberto
Rua das Oliveiras, 43 Porto
Wednesday to Friday 10 am and 3 pm; Saturday 7 pm; Sunday 4 pm
+ Info – 223 401 910 | bilheteira@tnsj.pt

Óscar is a little boy who owns a garden, his favourite playground.
In the garden he creates imaginary worlds and he communicates with the animals, the plants and Joaquim, the
Gardener.
The show is structured in the four seasons, along which the garden takes on different clothing. The stories,
the music, the colours, the words, the scents, appear as sensations characterising the garden during the different stages of the year.



Staged Readings BICHOS DO BOSQUE (3+) | 21 to 24 de March
Quinta de Bonjóia (March 21 – World Puppet Day)
Rua de Bonjóia, 484 Porto
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10:30 am and 3 pm; Saturday 4 pm
+ Info – 222 089 175 | teatro@marionetasdoporto.pt

In the woods there are, who knows, maybe a thousand trees.
And the wind in the leaves, blowing back and forth,
seems to whisper, once upon a time…
… Some animals speaking animalese:
there was a soft-hearted crocodile
and a snail-meter;
there was also a squirrel and a cricket
and a beaver that could be a doctor if he were human
and a crow pretending to be a singer
and an ill-tempered dwarf
and also Teixeira, the badger,
plus big bear and his cub,
a little mouse that was a scooter champion,
and a very flirtatious caterpillar.
Animals in the woods are just like us,
They are more or less like us;
They say as we say: Hello how are you?
They don’t look like it but they have a lifetime, they have a heart,
They feel homesick, they have memory, they are characters
of a story similar to life.
Bichos do Bosque


ARCANO (16+) | 6 and 7 April
Teatro Municipal do Porto Campo Alegre
Rua das Estrelas, Porto
Friday and Saturday 9:30 pm
+ Info – 22 606 30 00 | bilheteira.tmp@cm-porto.pt

The unusual universe of Franz Kafka is explored in ARCANO with all its dark imagery, leading the audience to the recesses of the human mind. It is a fragmented performance, which through space, the actor, the marionette and the word, seeks a balance between reality and hallucination, organic and mechanical, metaphysics and the need to solve it.
“The animal pulls the whip out of its owner’s hands and whips itself, unaware that this is just a fantasy produced by a new knot in the belt.” Franz Kafka



COMO UM CARROSSEL (3+) | 11 to 13 May
Teatro Municipal de Matosinhos Constantino Nery
Av. Serpa Pinto, 242 Matosinhos
Friday 11 am and 3 pm; Saturday 3 pm; Sunday 11 am
+ Info – 229 392 320

What is life?… Life is walking around the Sun over and over, like a merry-go-round around the Sun.
COMO UM CARROSSEL tells the story of a little girl growing up in a sort of journey during which many questions arise stimulating the little girl’s bond with the world. The audience travels through the eyes of this girl and
her spontaneous relationship with life.
Written and staged by João Paulo Seara Cardoso (1956-2010) in 2006 for Teatro de Marionetas do Porto, Like a Merry-Go-Round is a new creation based on the story Como um Carrossel à Volta do Sol (Like a Merry-Go-Round
Around the Sun). This new version was rewritten and Portuguese Sign Language was included, in an attempt to come closer to a new audience.
This play represents the journey through life, between joy and sadness, fear and hope, and it encourages children to travel through imagination.



BARBA AZUL (6+) | 6 to 10 June
Estúdio 400 – Nevogilde
Rua de Sá de Albergaria, 30 Porto
Wednesday to Friday 10:30 am and 3:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday 3:30 pm
+ Info – 222 089 175 | teatro@marionetasdoporto.pt

Unlike the tragic fairy tale, this approach explores an alternative that focuses on the complex personality of Barba Azul (Bluebeard).
This version includes other characters from Charles Perrault’s universe. Here, Bluebeard gets involved in a plot full of funny and unexpected events, reflecting the vicissitudes of human behavior.



PELOS CABELOS (3+) | 1 to 8 July
Teatro de Belomonte
Rua de Belomonte, 57 Porto
Tuesday to Friday 10:30 am and 3 pm; Saturday and Sunday 4 pm
+ Info – 222 089 175 | teatro@marionetasdoporto.pt

Inspired by the illustrations of João Vaz de Carvalho named Pelos Cabelos (Hair Hairs), Teatro de Marionetas do Porto has created a performance inhabited by unusual characters with an absent-minded and hallucinated gaze. Humor and the absurd merge in this performance, providing us with yet another experience where marionettes abound. In Pelos Cabelos (Hair Hairs), performers and marionettes are inhabitants of a place located somewhere; an “Out There”, a distant, almost extraterrestrial place.



OS 3 PORQUINHOS (16+) | 17 to 26 August
Teatro de Belomonte
Rua de Belomonte, 57 Porto
Thursday to Sunday 7 pm
+ Info – 222 089 175 | teatro@marionetasdoporto.pt

When in 1843 J.O. Halliwell first published the story of “The Three Little Pigs”, he was far from imagining how the world would turn.
One thing is for sure: the three little pigs and the big bad wolf have travelled through time and reached us, the inhabitants of the global village.
Where are those metaphorical pigs now, how do they survive and how did they adapt themselves to post-modern times?
Which is the moral of the story?
(…)
About the moral of the story, that’s not the most important. The important thing is not who eats who, what’s really important is not letting ourselves be eaten.
Because life is beautiful and the sky is blue.
Stephan Harrel



WONDERLAND (12+) | 21 and 22 September
Teatro Municipal de Matosinhos Constantino Nery
Av. Serpa Pinto, 242 Matosinhos
Friday and Saturday 9:30 pm
+ Info – 229 392 320

WONDERLAND is Alice’s dream dreamt by us. We go along with her, walking through the bright forest, full of fears and secrets, we invent paths that were not there before and we leave Alice lost. When Alice asks the cat: “Which way I ought to go from here?” the Cat answers: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to”.
We feel then that the dream made up by Carroll for his beloved Alice slightly touches our reality. And when Alice, in her initiation path, reaches the Queen´s wonderful white rose garden, we snap our fingers so that her dream (and ours) ends at the right moment. Happy ending?
I mark this day with a white stone (from Lewis Carroll´s diary)



FRÁGIL (3+) | 10 to 14 October
Teatro Carlos Alberto – included in the FIMP’18 programme
Rua das Oliveiras, 43 Porto
Wednesday to Friday 10 am and 3 pm; Saturday 7 pm; Sunday 4 pm
+ Info – 223 401 910 | bilheteira@tnsj.pt

Sometimes a thing is not what it is.
Sometimes things like being other things, for instance, they like being similar to people. They like moving, laughing, liking and not liking.
People/things and things/people are good for telling stories.
In the Fragile world, there are small and big stories. Things want to be taken to places they don’t know, and they make short and long journeys.
In the Fragile world, there are people/things looking for things/people. There are secrets left untold, there are secrets to be told, there is an open and closed universe. There are things coming out of other things. In the Fragile world, rules are not ordinary, they are imaginary!



QUEM SOU EU? (12+) | 20 and 21 October
Teatro Campo Alegre – included in the FIMP’18 programme
Rua das Estrelas, Porto

Quem sou eu? is a project of artistic creation, inspired by the idea of self-portrait, interpreted by the actors of Marionetas do Porto and 25 people over the age of 65. This project represents a sensitive view over the population of Campanhã, of which the group of participants are part of.

Quem sou eu?


NUNCA (3+) | 17 to 25 November
Teatro de Belomonte
Rua de Belomonte, 57 Porto
Tuesday to Friday 10:30 am and 3 pm; Saturday and Sunday 4 pm
+ Info – 222 089 175 | teatro@marionetasdoporto.pt

More than a hundred years have passed since the well-known adventures in Neverland. Peter Pan went to live in London with Wendy. They got married, had children and the years went by… In this possible present time there is a teenage boy called Nunca (Never) by his parents and we will never know why…
Nunca is a descendant of Peter Pan, in fact, his great-grandson. His destiny is to rescue Neverland from the dark age it has fallen into since Peter Pan left. This time the villain is Captain Fork, the grandson of Captain Hook, who took his grandfather’s place years after he was eaten by a huge crocodile that was rarely late.
Will Nunca bring back the balance of all magic to Neverland, with the help of some unusual companions?



CINDERELA (3+) | 13 to 15 December
Teatro Municipal do Porto Campo Alegre
Rua das Estrelas, Porto
Thursday and Friday 10:30 am and 3 pm; Saturday 4 pm
+ Info – 226 063 000 | bilheteira.tmp@cm-porto.pt

This is not a traditional Cinderella. There is a somewhat anachronic rewriting of the traditional story, from the versions of Perrault and Grimm. Characters from other fairy tales fall from the sky to make Cinderella’s life diffcult. There is a Bad Witch who hates stories with a happy ending and a Big Bad Wolf disguised as a policeman, patrolling the forest roads. The Seven Dwarves are called to save Cinderella from inevitable death, as specialists in the techniques for saving poisoned young ladies. The Fairy Godmother is an irascible socialite and settles a score with the Bad Witch in a wrestling combat. In the end, Cinderella really marries the Prince and they have lots of children to everybody’s relief.



MUSEU das MARIONETAS do PORTO
Museu das Marionetas do Porto is an author museum, centered on the work of João Paulo Seara Cardoso (1956-2010), director and artistic director of Teatro de Marionetas do Porto.
It’s a place of memory and future, constantly being updated. Its architectural project was created by José Gigante, who also made the project for Teatro de Belomonte, the company’s head office, still in operation.
The opening of the Museum (in 2013) celebrated the 25 years of the company. During the first 3 years the museum was located in Rua das Flores no. 22. On September 29, 2016 the museum moved to the building adjacent to the head office, in Rua de Belomonte.
Marionettes, stage props and other symbolic objects used in the performances, as well as some of its stories, are exhibited and shared in the Museum.

Museu das Marionetas do Porto

New accessibility values in the museum
Physical accessibility
virtual tour to the floor -1 for people with reduced mobility
replicated building space on floor 0
Accessibility to deaf communities
video-guide in Portuguese Sign Language
(Laredo Associação Cultural)
video-guide in Portuguese and English


Fincanciamento e Apoios


videos created by Cristiana Teixeira and Sara Esteves (Trainees of the Soares dos Reis School)


Pedro Ramos2018 – Marionetas do Porto – 30 years