Teatro de Marionetas do Porto (Portugal)

Como um Carrossel

A new approach to the writing of late João Paulo Seara Cardoso, which encourages children's imagination.

24 and 25 May at 2.30pm (Wednesday and Thursday)

Direction and set design: Isabel Barros Text: João Paulo Seara Cardoso Puppets and animation: João Apolinário, Francisco Magalhães Music: Carlos Guedes Lighting design: Filipe Azevedo Adaptation to Portuguese sign language: Joana Cottin Performers: Micaela Soares, Vítor Gomes Production: Sofia Carvalho gráfico Graphic design and production assistance: Pedro Ramos Sound and lighting operation: Filipe Azevedo Construction technicians: João Pedro Trindade, Rosário Matos Costume making: Cláudia Ribeiro, Marlene Rodrigues Hairdresser: Cristina Soares Photography: Susana Neves Co-production: Teatro Municipal de Matosinhos-Constantino Nery Company sponsored by: República Portuguesa - Ministério da Cultura / DGArtes Technique: Full-view manipulation Language: Portuguese For audiences over: +3 Running time: 60 min

"What is life? ...Is to always walk around the sun, like a carousel.
Como um Carrossel [Like a Carousel] tells the story of a girl growing up, on a journey along which many questions are thrown, stimulating her relationship with the world. The public travels through the open gaze of this girl and the spontaneous way as she relates to life.
Written and directed by João Paulo Seara Cardoso (1956-2010) in 2006 for Teatro de Marionetas do Porto, Como um Carrossel is a new creation based on the text Como um Carrossel à Volta do Sol. In this new version, in addition to a rewrite, where included moments in Portuguese Sign Language, in a gesture of approach to more people.
This play represents the journey through life, between joy and sadness, fear and hope, in a text that encourages the children's imagination."
- Isabel Barros, dedicated to Mafalda and Francisca

Since their formation, in 1998, the company produced and presented more than 30 shows. All these productions represent extremely diverse experiences in the contemporary puppet theatre, looking to find new concepts and new ways of regarding the interpretation and the relationship with other areas of creation. The company was also dedicated to the study and revival of old forms of traditional theatre, like Teatro Dom Roberto, which has been presented more than a thousand times.Their founder and artistic director, João Paulo Seara Cardoso (1956-2010), studied theatre and puppet theatre, attended courses in the Institut National d’Éducation Populaire and Institut International de la Marionnette, in France. He worked with João Coimbra, Marcel Violette, Jim Henson and Lopez Barrantes. In 1982 he initiated the study and spreading of the Teatro Dom Roberto, Portuguese traditional puppets that had more than 1500 presentations. He published children’s books and was the author of television series for the young audiences.The group splits its activity between the programming of the Teatro do Belomonte, in Oporto, and an intense activity touring in Portugal and abroad. Presently, the TMP is engaged in a major project, the Puppet Museum of Oporto, opened in 2013.