Online Talks: Thinking Puppetry

Talks on Puppetry from both side of the Atlantic

Idea and moderator: Marcondes Lima (BR) / Language: Portuguese

The talks will be broadcasted live on the facebook of A Tarumba:


Meetings with artists who dedicate themselves to Teatro Dom Roberto, Bonecos de Santo Aleixo and Mamulengo, traditional forms of puppetry from Portugal and Brazil. Talks about artistic practices, personal journeys and paths for these traditions towards the future.


A Father's Play to Son or not at all • 31 May at 8.30pm (tue)

About learning and life as a Dom Roberto's puppeteer and a mamulengueiro's puppeteer.

With: Vítor Costa - Robertos Santa Bárbara (PT) e Gilberto Lopes, Mestre Bel - Mamulengo Arte da Alegria (BR)

• The Future has been a Woman for some time  24 may at 8.30pm (tue)
The feminine participation and representation in the two contexts.
With: Ana Meira - Bonecos de Santo Aleixo (PT) and Ejnane Lima, Mestra Titinha - Mamulengo Flor do

Mulungu (BR)

Marcondes Lima (Recife - Pernambuco, Brazil)

He is a teacher at the Federal University of Pernambuco and a member of the company Mão Molenga Teatro de Bonecos, since 1987. He is currently developing the research Pauladas em Terreiros Daqui e de Além Mar: dialogues between Portuguese and Brazilian puppet theatre traditions in artistic practices, with a scholarship from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), in the PhD in Performing Arts and Moving Image at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon.

Ana Meira (Évora, Portugal)
She was born in Portalegre in 1960. She took the Actors Training Course at Centro Cultural de Évora, between 1977 and 1979, the year in which she began her acting career. In 1983, she joined the group of puppeteers that continued to give life to the Bonecos de Santo Aleixo. She has been part of the team that organizes the Bienal Internacional de Marionetas de Évora, since 1987.

Master Titinha (Glória do Goitá - Pernambuco, Brazil)
Mamulengueira and puppet sculptor, married to Mestre Bel and mother of four children. She is one of the founders of the Associação Cultural dos Mamulengueiros e Artesãos of Glória do Goitá, and was for fourteen years in the presidency of this institution. In this city, with other artists, she established and maintains the Mamulengo Museum. She collaborated with Mamulengo Nova Geração, created in 2008. She currently directs Mamulengo Flor do Mulungu, a group in which only women perform.

Vítor Costa (Baixa da Banheira – Setúbal, Portugal)
Son of Mestre João Santa Bárbara, who worked and learned with Mestre Manuel Rosado. He followed his father's footsteps since he was a child, accompanying him in performances of Teatro Dom Roberto on the beaches of Costa da Caparica and Estoril, and at fairs in Lisbon and Setúbal. He has more than forty years dedicated to Robertos, with shows presented in Portugal and Brazil.

Mestre Bel (Glória do Goitá - Pernambuco, Brazil)
He is a Master of Mamulengo Arte da Alegria, since 2014. Gilberto Lopes began to experience this art as a child, accompanying his father, Master Zé Lopes. At the age of seventeen he was already an instrumentalist and recited puppet praise at the Mamulengo Teatro do Riso, belonging to his father. Later he worked with Mestre Zé de Vina, of whom he became a disciple. He is also an expert puppet sculptor and toured with these two masters all over Brazil.