A Tarumba (Portugal)




9 May from 6.30pm to 8.30pm (thu)


Special Opening FIMFA Lx19 

Technique: Big heads Language: Without words For audiences over: For all ages Running time: Several appearances


Wait ‘till you take a look at these cool Big Heads… with a Twist!
What a charming team, they look just like a dream!
Come and meet them!


In the scope of the Training in the Work Context, António Arroio Secondary Arts School established a partnership with A Tarumba for a student’s Project in 2018. The ideas of the 12th F group began to take shape and the creation of big heads emerged from the roaring twenties.



A Tarumba - Teatro de Marionetas is a Portuguese professional theatre company, created in 1993. It aims to spread and promote puppet and visual theatre. Tarumba means to be confused or perplexed, astounded, fascinated, stunned, astonished… and expresses how the company generally envisions puppetry art.
The artistic project comprises: creation and artistic experimentation; the International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms - FIMFA Lx organization; training and research with the creation of a Puppetry Arts Centre | Centro de Artes da Marioneta - CAMa.
Since 2001, A Tarumba organizes annually the International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms - FIMFA Lx. The company received the Critics Award 2010 given to FIMFA and the artistic directors, Luís Vieira and Rute Ribeiro, received the Personality Award 2013, by their work on the festival.
The company has been performing all over Portugal and abroad in many international festivals: (France - Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières 2013 – Programme IN, Denmark, Czech Republic, Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia, Pakistan, India, Sweden, Hungary or United Kingdom), especially for an adult audience, with shows by Christopher Marlowe, Federico Garcia Lorca or Bertolt Bercht, among others. Besides the shows A Tarumba develops experimental workshops on puppetry arts, specifically for professionals, teachers or children, like, for instance, toy theatre or shadow workshops.
During these 26 years of activity, Tarumba created an important artistic collection, consisting of puppets made by the company, for each play, old and ‘historical’ puppets, Toy theatres (originals from 19th century and beginnings of 20th century), theatre books, especially about puppet theatre, photographs, programs and posters that are present in the Puppetry Arts Centre - CAMa, created by the company in 2007, and where A Tarumba also develops the Project Funicular - a training program of international workshops.



Artistic direction: Luís Vieira, Rute Ribeiro Performers: Ana Amorim, Carlos Alberto Oliveira, Célia Jorge, Maria Pato, Rita Silva Construction: Project Escola 2018 - Partnership FIMFA / A Tarumba - Escola Artística António Arroio - Carla Rosa, Isabel Moniz, João Rapaz (Pedagogical team), Catarina Martins, Cecília Jones, Gonçalo Lazana, Helena Soares, Inês Guedes, Inês Duarte, Maria Pato, Maria Pereira, Mariana Charuto, Pedro Macedo, Raquel Paixão, Rita Silva, Xavier Salvador (Students) Photography: Alípio Padilha Company sponsored by: República Portuguesa - Ministério da Cultura / DGArtes