This is not the Gogol's Nose, but it could be... with a dash of Jacques Prévert

A Tarumba


A Tarumba presents 'This is not the Gogol's Nose, but it could be...' in Algarve, at Festival FOMe - Festival de Objectos e Marionetas & Outros Comeres, from 15 to 19 September!

FARO: 15 SEP 9pm (Wed) - Teatro Lethes - Tickets booking:

OLHÃO: 17 SEP 9pm (Fri) - Associação Cultural Re-Creativa República 14 - Tickets booking:

LOULÉ: 19 SEP 5pm, 7pm (Sun) - Auditório do Convento do Espírito Santo - Tickets booking:

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The relevance of having a nose, of not getting one's nose out of joint, of not sticking one's nose where it does not belong, of being toffee-nosed or just being nosey!
And what about Jacques Prévert? "To tell you the truth, he did not look like anyone."
A short form show with an abundance of noses.


Inspired by Gogol’s and Jacques Prévert’s worlds, this production uses objects and paper-made articulated figures to create an original and kitsch collage somewhere between the Eurovision Song Contest and Russia in the 1970s. A surreal performance that offers an excess of noses, pop-culture references and blond people in powerful positions. Absurd situations hide, in filigree, a satirical criticism of the contemporary world. A cadavre exquis of scenes played with nonsense and a bit of surreal vibe.


Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
- Jacques Prévert


We do not know what period this pair belongs, but it seems they are lost in time. They seem to have the power to move the world and manipulate their leaders... They use words as if they were in a game of chess and messing everything. Where are they? In an abandoned campsite or in a decadent amusement park, but with a lot of glitter and full of objects and images? Unusual and hilarious situations follow each other, between the lines we notice the references of this rotating wheel of absurd numbers. But at the end it seems to have the meaning of the world that we are living in, i.e., it doesn't make any sense. Reality has surpassed fiction. And the most important? The ability to laugh at ourselves and the possibility of reinventing ourselves.


"Luís Vieira and Rute Ribeiro have already accustomed us to the best quality. In addition to bringing artists of great quality to FIMFA, they also give us their shows. This one starts from Gogol and Prévert, in a collage of scenes, mythical characters and popular references that navigate between the Eurovision Song Contest and Russia in the 70s, always with a kitsch aesthetic. It is a kind of cadavre exquis that starts from a curious premise: the world is being dominated by blondes, from Trump to Theresa May, and Putin.”
- Miguel Branco, Time Out, 10 May 2017


“It is with articulated and very funny paper-made articulated puppets that A Tarumba makes the show This is not the Gogol's Nose, but it could be… with a dash of Jacques Prévert, a journey through the populist bestiary of contemporary politics with a touch of kitsch (...).
In this miscellany of noses, authors, quotations, Russian and French songs, there are plenty of other paper characters. From Juliette Gréco to Camões, passing by Iggy Pop, Serge Gainsbourg or Yves Montand, whose voices come from an old record player placed there, right in front of us. Let us go to this universe related to the Prévert - from Moulin Rouge, free love and freedom, which are a counterpoint to the times in which we live (...)."
- Maria João Caetano, Diário de Notícias, 10 December 2016


"What all these authors have in common, in addition to talent? An enormous creative freedom, a taste for the absurd and the random, an almost surreal frequent tone, a strong poetic density.
Rute Ribeiro and Luís Vieira, which together form A Tarumba - puppets, animated forms and a grain of permanent madness and nonsense - have not resisted having these authors as a source of inspiration for a show that doesn't recreate none of their works, but which, structured in the spartan rule of the cadavre exquis, refers to them and honors them permanently, even when it is lggy Pop, Barack Obama or any other feline that takes the reins of a universe, that shamelessly and bluntly, has the Great Russia as background (...).”
- João Carneiro, Expresso - Revista E, 10 December 2016


The show premiered on 12th December 2016 at São Luiz Teatro Municipal. The first creative stage was presented in a short version at Teatro Viriato in January of the same year.



-BIME 2021 - Bienal Internacional de Marionetas de Évora, 2 to 6 June 2021, Igreja de S. Vicente (Évora, Portugal);

-LUTKE 2020 - 15th International Biennal Festival of Contemporary Puppetry Art, 4 October 2020, Stara mestna elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana (Ljubljana, Eslovenia);

-Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières - Programa IN, 25 and 26 September 2019, Salle de la Citadelle (Charleville-Mézieres, France);

​-Pop up Puppets International Puppet Theatre Festival, 18 August 2018, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern (Stockholm, Sweden);

-FIMP - Festival Internacional de Marionetas do Porto, 21 October 2017, Teatro Municipal do Porto - Rivoli (Porto, Portugal);

-FIMFA Lx - Festival Internacional de Marionetas e Formas Animadas, 2017 and 2020, (Lisboa, Portugal).



Artistic direction, concept, scenography, puppets and performers: Luís Vieira, Rute Ribeiro Adaptation and texts: Rute Ribeiro Executive production: Daniela Matos Photography: Alípio Padilha Supports and partnerships: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, EGEAC Company supported by: República Portuguesa - Ministério da Cultura | DGArtes Technique: Articulated paper figures and objects For audiences over: +8 Running time: Approx. 40 min.