Teatro de Ferro (Portugal)





18 May (Sat)

Short presentations from 4.30pm to 6.30pm / Presentation at 9pm

19 May (Sun) 

Presentation at 11.30pm / Short presentations from 3pm to 4pm



Technique: Object Theatre Language: Portuguese For audiences over: +6 Running time: Presentation 50 min. Short presentation 10 min.


What can a swiss army knife, a Guernica reproduction, a 1980s pop song, or Moby Dick, the white van, tell us? 
The Objetoteca Popular Itinerante (The People’s Traveling Object-Library) is wandering around to tell about this and so much more! 

The People’s Traveling Object-Library is itself a hybrid object: a loving mix of traveling library and a type of van making a public appearance as people’s of every-day objects.


The place that is built is somewhere between the memory of the small family circus and the talk show, between the constructivist rally and the variety show. And variety is one of the marks of the Objetoteca: there are a plurality of themes and speeches that can be intriguing, but believe - this is all connected!



Teatro de Ferro was founded in 1999. Originally created as a label identifying the creative works of Igor Gandra and Carla Veloso, the project gradually evolved towards the state of a professional creation structure.

The choice of the name - Teatro de Ferro (Iron Theatre) - implies a notion of primordial, resistant and at the same time changeable matter: this transformation process continues to inspire them. The work of the Company has been developed in the theatre of, and with, puppets and objects. They conceive their practice in the logic of a research in which the puppet has assumed a matrix value in its possible hybridations, both tempted and tempting. The relationships - of the body interpreter with the manipulated object and the implication of each spectator in the building of this relation - are lines of thought that are transversal to the artistic practice of Teatro de Ferro.

The promotion of Portuguese contemporary dramaturgy is a defining trait of their artistic project, the reason why the company has mainly worked with original texts by Portuguese writers.

TdF has been reaching heterogenic publics. Improbable partnerships, the search for alternative contexts outside of the usual circuits of the performing arts, the intense itinerating activity, the creation aimed to the youngsters, and the projects of cultural action, are TdF clearest gestures, and in this way they declare this plural wish of sharing.



Artistic direction: Igor Gandra, Carla Veloso Text, dramaturgy, set design: Igor Gandra Props and set design construction: Eduardo Mendes Performers: Igor Gandra, Carla Veloso, Eduardo Mendes, Filipe Moreira, Carlota Gandra, Daniela Gomes Invited artists: Under definition Other guests: Under definition Lighting design: Teatro de Ferro, Mariana Figueroa Video: Teatro de Ferro, Carlota Gandra Photography: Susana Neves Construction workshop: Eduardo Mendes, Daniela Gomes, Matilde Gandra, Nádia Soares (internship EP Campanhã) Production: Carla Veloso Coproduction: Câmara Municipal do Porto Company sponsored by: República Portuguesa - Ministério da Cultura / DGArtes