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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

FIMFA Lx11 - International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms

Organized and produced every year since 2001 by the puppet company A Tarumba-Teatro de Marionetas, the International Festival of Puppetry and Animated Forms – FIMFA Lx is one of the most important festivals of puppetry and theatre in Portugal.

Retaining an international recognition, FIMFA Lx brings to its public a programme that combines the newest technologies with the most traditional ones, namely by executing experimental and contemporary projects using basic techniques, making of confront and innovation a characteristic of this festival.

By presenting a big diversity of techniques (shadows, objects, full-view manipulation, visual theatre, installations, etc), the festival aims to introduce different styles of puppetry and show an artistic transversality between the different artistic areas.

The FIMFA Lx11 includes several shows performed by renowned artists and companies, such as "Traversées" - Théâtre de l’Entrouvert, France; "Jerk" - Gisèle Vienne, Dennis Cooper & Jonathan Capdevielle, France; "Capuchinho Vermelho XXX" - Teatro de Marionetas do Porto, Portugal; "Hunger" - TinkerTing, Norway.

Street performances and small form shows will also take place during the 2011 edition of FIMFA Lx. The public will have the opportunity to watch performances by The Flying Buttresses (UK) - "Hodman Dodmanott and Sally Forth"; Whalley Range All Stars (UK) - "Brain Wave"; Limite Zero (Portugal) - "Teatro Dom Roberto"; Babok (Netherlands) - "Nap"; Laurent Bigot (France) - "Le Petit Cirque – cirque d’ objets sonores"; among others.

The historical documentary "Turnabout: The Story of the Yale Puppeteers" (USA) will be shown at the Cinema São Jorge (movie theater) on May 24 (21h30), after which will take place a conversation with Dan Bessie, author and director.
"Na Rua do Açúcar" is a short film that can be viewed at the Museu da Marioneta on May 22 (16h00-18h00).

Flip Books, Object Theatre in Public Spaces, Boogies: Puppet Manipulation, and Pinocchio could have been a toothpick..., are the workshops included in the FIMFA Lx11 programme.

A book fair containing a selection of Theatre, Puppetry and Animated Forms books can be visited at the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II Bookshop.

During 26 days, the public will be able to enjoy the artistic perfomance, shows, workshops and other activities presented by near 23 companies and creators from Germany, Belgium, Spain, Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom and Portugal.

The FIMFA Lx11 takes place in Lisbon between May 12 and June 6, 2011.
For more info you can e-mail or call (+351) 21 242 76 21.
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