Partículas Elementares - © DR

© DR

FIMP 2019



19 Sat 16.00h & 17.00h


2.50€ (children and school groups) • 7.00€ (adults)
35min • >3

Partículas Elementares


“Ninho” [Nest] draws inspiration from a poem by Portuguese writer Miguel Torga, “Sei um ninho” [I Know of a Nest], which in a few lines shows that a well-kept secret may strengthen a true friendship. “Ninho” is pure visual poetry, and it proves itself in the details. With a minimalist plot, the narrative is based on chance: a boy’s curiosity, awaken by mere coincidence, triggers the beginning of a web of affections. The scenery is sober, and there’s only one main character, three minor characters and a soundtrack that complements the entire play. “Ninho” is a remarkable project, which leaves the audience, both children and adults, with a great desire to let imagination loose.

In the enchanted world of puppets, Leonor Bandeira and Carlos Silva give substance to emotions, moments, adventures and stories of this and that character that turn into memories one keeps for life. The Portuguese puppet theatre company has been around since 2003, and its main goal is to combine different artistic expressions such as music, poetry, sculpture and painting, among many other crafts that merge in sceneries of pure magic, always with an educational side to it. Presenting its own productions, Partículas Elementares is seen as an example, and it has a wide audience of children and adults.
Original concept Carlos Silva
Directed by Leonor Bandeira
Performer and manipulator Carlos Silva
Set design and puppets Leonor Bandeira
Scenic device João Sofio
Produced by Partículas Elementares 

FIMP 2019

International Puppet Festival of Porto

Objects, puppets and animated matter take centre stage at FIMP. In doing so, it is as if they placed humans — the usual protagonists of performing arts — somewhere else. Not exactly off stage, just a little more in the shadows. Some humans find that momentary shadow the place to think about themselves… and to do it in the company of puppets, objects and animated forms can be quite fun. In this edition, FIMP partners with Teatro Municipal do Porto and offers a wide range of proposals seeking to explore issues related to the way we leave our imprint in the world, particularly in the world of things.
Major existential issues are addressed, along with their social, political and ecological implications, with an authenticity of which only an object or a fabricated body are capable. Between experimental scenic devices, the search for new popular forms and virtuously revisiting a few manipulation techniques, these artists make use of anything that might help revive such worries, which are so human after all.

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