It is already Thursday the start of the International Festival of Marionettes and Animated Forms in Lisbon, with more than 20 companies and artists from around the world, for ten spaces in the city of Lisbon.
Until May 26 there will be giant puppets, bodies that turn into landscapes, shadows with hands, moving portraits, miniature documentaries, dinosaurs, small shapes, mechanical objects, and more.
There will be 18 days with presentations from 22 companies and artists from Mozambique, France, Denmark, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Holland, Norway, Finland, Iran, United States of America and Portugal.
The opening will take place in São Jorge Castle with Laitrum Teatre, with five condensed works by Shakespeare, eight minutes each, and the spectacle ‘The Bazaar and its …’ by the Giant Puppets of Mozambique.
It takes place in São Jorge Castle, São Luiz Municipal Theater, D. Maria II National Theater, LU.CA – Luís de Camões Theater, Lisbon Museum – Pimenta Palace, Teatro da Trindade, Teatro do Bairro, Teatro Taborda, at the National Theater and Dance Museum and at the Cinemateca Portuguesa.
The closing will be São Luiz, on May 25 and 26, with ‘Vies de Papier’, a documentary theatre of objects.
The festival also created for this edition the Henrique Delgado Cultural Merit Award (an important name in the history of Portuguese puppet theatre), and which aims to give recognition to personalities, structures or institutions that have excelled in the art of the puppet.
The organization is run by Tarumba – Puppet Theater in Lisbon, with artistic direction by Luís Vieira and Rute Ribeiro.