Teatro de Marionetas do Porto (Portugal)

Barba Azul

7 and 8 May at 4pm (Saturday and Sunday)

Direction and text: Rui Queiroz de Matos Set design: Rui Queiroz de Matos, Filipe Azevedo Puppets and illustration: Júlio Vanzeler Music: Pedro Cardoso Costumes: Patrícia Valente Lighting design: Filipe Azevedo Video design and video mapping: Ivo Reis Performers: Micaela Soares, Rui Queiroz de Matos, Vasco Temudo Production: Sofia Carvalho Graphic design and production assistance: Pedro Ramos Lighting, sound and video operation: Filipe Azevedo Construction workshop: Rosário Matos, Ana Pinto Costume making: Carla Pereira Photography: Susana Neves Co-production: Teatro de Marionetas do Porto, Teatro Municipal do Porto Company sponsored by: República Portuguesa - Ministério da Cultura / DGArtes Technique: Full-view manipulation Language: Portuguese For audiences over: +6 Running time: 50 min.

Unlike the tragic fairy tale, this approach explores an alternative that focuses on the complex personality of Bluebeard.

This version includes other characters from Charles Perrault’s universe. Here, Bluebeard gets involved in a plot full of funny and unexpected events, reflecting the vicissitudes of human behavior.

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 ways of conception and new ways of regarding the interpretation and the relationship with other areas of creation. The company also dedicates itself 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.