Teatro de Ferro [Portugal]

“Uma Aventura no Espaço”

SÃO LUIZ TEATRO MUNICIPAL – Palco da Sala Principal
10 May at 7pm (Saturday) | 11 de Maio at 5.30pm and 7.30pm (Sunday)

Conception and performers: Carla Veloso, Igor Gandra Songs by: Regina Guimarães Music, composition and live interpretation (piano): Fátima Fonte Scenography: Igor Gandra Puppets: Eduardo Mendes, Hernâni Miranda Construction workshop: Teatro de Ferro, Américo Castanheira - Tudo Faço, Ana Ferreira, Ricardo Graça Photographs: Susana Neves Lighting design and technical direction: Mariana Figueroa Production mananger: Carla Veloso Co-production: Teatro de Ferro e Centro Cultural Vila Flor Company sponsored by: Governo de Portugal | Secretário de Estado da Cultura - DGArtes Technique: Full-view manipulation For audiences over: +6 Running time: Approx. 75 min. Language: Portuguese


Two actors and a pianist will accompany the audience this Space Adventure and will live with them the adventures of a little girl, Carla Cosmonauta. This girl, who happens to be a puppet, goes through several places- city, nature, intimacy and cosmos - to reveal the different meanings and representations of space to the youngsters, and throughout the history, they resort to painting, dance, architecture or cinema to help them.

The show takes place in a special scenic device: the audience is on the stage and the stage, sometimes is on the audience! This device resembles a spaceship disguised as the past and future, and also looks an unidentified flying object, but only at first glance because it also resembles a carousel, a half-pipe or those ancient Greek theatres…

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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 envolved towards the state of a professional structure of creation.
The choice of the name - Teatro de Ferro (Iron Theatre) - presupposes 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 relations - of the body interpreter with the manipulated object and the implication of each spectator in the building of this relation - are lines of reflection 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.

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