Teatro de Marionetas do Porto (Portugal)




21, 22 May at 10.30am (Tue, Wed)



Technique: Full-view manipulation Language: Portuguese For audiences over: +3 Running time: 45 min.


Lições de Voo (Flying Lessons) is the title of an illustration series by João Vaz de Carvalho, that were used to create this homonymous performance. The idea follows the collaborative experience of 2013 in Pelos Cabelos (Hair Hairs), which proved itself to be very challenging.


This performance for two actors with marionettes and half marionettes has the desire to fly as a motto, the secret human desire to attain the unattainable. A recurrent poetics in the director’s work: she has been travelling and exploring that territory in a wide variety of formats. And it’s been by the experience of multidisciplinarity that puppets became so inspiring for her, and a matter of interest capable of responding to her creative drive.


Lições de Voo is a creation for an audience aged three and older about the poetics of air, of dreams and of flying, in a special place where everyone can experience the body in its imponderability, and the suspension and excitement of taking off.


Lições de Voo is our journey with the audience to a place where we are all people/birds of the wind.”


Since their formation, in 1998, the company produced and presented more than 40 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.



Concept and direction: Isabel Barros Puppets: Hernâni Costa Miranda, from the illustrations by João Vaz de Carvalho Music: Carlos Guedes Lighting design: Filipe Azevedo Costumes: Cláudia Ribeiro Set design: Collective Texts: Isabel Barros, Micaela Soares, Vítor Gomes Performers: Micaela Soares, Vítor Gomes Adaptation to Portuguese sign language: Joana Cottin Vocal coach: Shirley Resende Production: Sofia Carvalho Graphic design and production assistant: Pedro Ramos Light and sound operation: Filipe Azevedo Puppet construction: Hernâni Miranda, João Pedro Trindade Set construction: Carlos Lima Costume makers: Marlene Rodrigues (seamstress), Sofia Silva, Inês Mota (set designers) Photography: Susana Neves Sponsorship: Lameirinho Coproduction: Teatro Municipal de Matosinhos Constantino Nery Special acknowledgement: Lições de Voo writing workshop participants Company sponsored by: República Portuguesa - Ministério da Cultura / DGArtes