Museu das Marionetas do Porto, is mostly dedicated to an author: it exhibits the work of João Paulo Seara Cardoso (1956-2010) and at the same time works as a meeting place and intersection point for other artists.
Marionetas e outras linguagens (Marionettes and other languages) integrates a permanent exhibition (together with Miséria and Teatro D. Roberto) and a temporary exhibition (with Polegarzinho, A Cor do Céu, Cabaret Molotov and Macbeth).
On the 1st Floor, dedicated to the children, there are Polegarzinho, a timeless symbol of the troubles faced by the younger ones in a big, most of the times hostile world; and A Cor do Céu, a place where numberless questions are asked. This work is packed with joyful questions that seem to be suspended in the sky.
On the 2nd floor there are the mysterious and eccentric marionettes of Cabaret Molotov, a place with wandering chorus girls in love, trapeze artists, clowns, human cannonballs, poodles and dancers, a place where Vladimir the Russian invented a scenery for his Love for the trapeze artist Matrioska. On the same floor there are the marionettes of Macbeth, a performance created from the great and tragic masterpiece of Shakespeare, leading us to reflect on Love and power as driving forces of the destiny of Man.
On the Ground-floor, dedicated to the invited artists, we present ANIMA, by coletivo HUSMA, who have worked with Teatro de Marionetas do Porto in the last two plays: O Senhor… (2012) and Pelos Cabelos (2013).
Isabel Barros, artistic director
The Anima project triggers from the common spot animation the components matter, movement, time and breath, thought of as composition elements that participate in the making of proposals, in their continuities, singularities and passages. The components give rise to the exhibition Mó – Making Of, the 1st Festival of Animated Films OLHO, Installation 2114 and Installation Sopro. The activities take place between August 2014 and January 2015.
Co-production: Husma and Museu das Marionetas do Proto
Coordination: Erika Rodrigues, João Apolinário, Pedro Cardoso and Rossana Fonseca.