Mironescópio: The Love Machine
Mironescópio: The Love Machine is a show of small forms inspired by the old Peep Shows and the first motion pictures experiences made in the 19th century with the use of devices like Kinetoscope or Mutoscope. An experimental work on eroticism, with objects, shadows and articulated figures, which has had sold-out performances during each season.
Mironescópio was performed at Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières - Programme IN (2013), France, at Festival of Wonder - Silkeborg Dukketeaterfestival (2013), Denmark, at Skupa's Pilsen - Competition Biennial Czech Professional Puppet and Alternative Theater (30. Skupova Plzen 2014), at 12th International Puppet Theatre Festival - Lutke 2014, in Ljubljana, Eslovenia, and Bábkarská Bystrica 2014 - 19th International Festival of Contemporary Puppet Theatre for Adults and Children - Double Impulse, in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, among others.
The great erotic experts, Dr. Erotikone, Madame Gigi and Madame Mimi, among other hosts, will present you their valuable Mironescópios.
There are no barriers, love is free! Come on in and discover what really happened in Paradise...
Several Mironescópios will be waiting for you, inside each one there are visual effects, moving images, shadows and other surprises…
An intimate show, pedagogical, relaxing and erotic...
Come and meet another universe through the keyhole!
Bring your partner and your friends to this yé-yé soirée!
In Art immorality cannot exist. Art is always sacred.
- August Rodin
"(...) Excellent was the show of the Portuguese company A Tarumba, Mironescópio: The Love Machine, inspired by the old Peep Shows and the first motion pictures experiences made in the 19th Charleville-Mézières, where it was impossible to get tickets, did not miss the truth. Accompanied by the 'erotic art expert', Dr. Erotikone, were Madame’s Mimi, Gigi, among others (6 performers) and the public in an intimate ambiance (...) with humour and quality 'training' on this topic and stories in kinetoscopian boxes (...). "
- Doubrava Stanislav, Loutkár
“Rute Ribeiro and Luís Vieira are the impish souls behind A Tarumba, inescapable company from the puppetry life in Portugal. Mironescópio is an entertainment conceived around Peep Shows, small size boxes where you take a peek. In its origin, the Peep Show did not have the erotic connotation it has today... and it ́s from here that Rute Ribeiro, Luís Vieira and their team receive their audience... so that they can peek inside tiny little rooms where there are holograms, Caldas dolls, sports, trips through Tibet and Japan, stories about the invention of the clitoris and vibrator, or even delicate suggestions about the sensuality of the carps. Small forms, short narratives, Mironescópio is a set of fleeting glances into antechambers of pleasure.”
-João Carneiro, Expresso - Caderno Actual
“(…) A highly accomplished attempt to approach the puppet theatre in an intimate relationship, personal and almost carnal with the viewer (…). To develop its idea, Tarumba invented some devices, shaped dark boxes, with a hole, through which we can peep, and hide inside each one of the worlds, characters and different stories, but all around the theme of eroticism. They are the century. The reputation of 'Mironescópios', each one served and manipulated by a Madame or Monsieur, and to each one, only one viewer can lurk each time (…). The scheme is perfect: closed worlds inside the magic boxes that some hosts, magicians and madams at same time, offer us to enter into them through the intimate and personal look, always indiscreet, with absolute freedom to imagine and understand what we want. Excellent diversity of themes, the fulfillment of each scenography is full of colour and sensuality, as well the short stories invented (…)that never rubs the rudeness, but maintain a subtle balance between the finest correction of “How it’s said” and the naked reality of 'What they say' (…). One hour of erotic immersion in successive elegant and playful worlds that takes us far away from the urban banality of everyday life (…).”
- Toni Rumbau, Titeresante
Mironescópio premiered in 10th December 2009 at CAMa - Centro de Artes da Marioneta.
Artistic direction, concept and construction: Luís Vieira e Rute Ribeiro Puppeteers: Luís Hipólito, Luís Vieira, Raquel Monteiro, Rute Ribeiro, Miriam Faria, Carlos Alberto Oliveira / Catarina Côdea / Daniela Matos / Susana Esteves Pinto / Ana Gabriel / Lúcia Caixeiro Adaptation and texts: Rute Ribeiro Lighting devices: Zé Rui Sound design: Catarina Côdea Technique: Objects, shadows and paper figures Photography: Alípio Padilha, Luís Vieira, Susana Neves Supports and Partnerships: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, EGEAC Company suported by: Governo de Portugal - Secretário de Estado da Cultura | DGArtes Technique: Objects, shadows and Paper figures For audiences over: +16 Language: Portuguese, English or French Running time: Approx. 70 min. - limited audience