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PROJECTO FUNICULAR - Formação na área do Teatro de Marionetas
Coordination José Russo & Ana Meira (Bonecos de Santo Aleixo) CAMa - Centro de Artes da Marioneta | A Tarumba
©Paulo Nuno Silva
Past event
Dates and Schedules

March 10th to 13th
thursday to sunday, 16h to 19h


Language: portuguese


Rehearsal room




A singular workshop with the objective of deepening the knowledge about the Bonecos de Santo Aleixo, as well as an approximation to the techniques of manipulation e utterance of this artistic reality with singular features in the traditional puppet panorama. 


“The Bonecos de Santo Aleixo belong to a type which precedes all the species, even considering that the recent stick figures aren’t but a copy, dated from 1940, of the original models of which the archaic characters are still preserved even in the movement executed almost exclusively through a stick.”

-Michel Giacometti


Target: Puppeteers. actors, play directors, choreographers, plastic artists, visual and performative arts’ students.
Total participants: 10
Language: Português
Enrollment limit: 3 de março de 2022
Participation confirmation: 4 de março de 2022
>> Attention: if you enroll in two workshops (“Os Bonecos de Santo Aleixo” and “A realidade posta à prova no palco”), and you’re selected for both, you’ll have a 20€ discount in this formation. 


The enrollment in the workshop (subject to selection) is made through filling the  sign up form, which you can also request via e-mail, to which you must attach a biographic note, accompanied by letter of interest. You can send the requested documents via email to: projectofunicular@gmail.com or atarumba@gmail.com


The formation will lean into the repertoire, performance organization,puppet manipulation and circulation, the character features, guaranteed musical intervention, live, with portuguese guitar, the preparation of the supporting feet (with pine tree resin) whihc warrants the surprising “fogacheis”, the small angel candles or the artisan small bombs and the usage of the olive oil candle which warrants the illumination.
These processes frame into the work that’s been made with the Bonecos de Santo Aleixo, namely in the preservation and appreciation of this important portuguese theatrical patrimonial asset.

It’s been long since the times when at Alentejo the “títeres” theater was one of the few entertainments of those people,  but the truth is that these “stick figures” keep on feeding the conversations at the Santo Aleixo village that provided them with a name, but also in many corners of the world, where the performance magic seems to make people forget about the language barrier.


-Preemptive measures COVID

Accessing the workshops is only possible with the presentation of:

Digital vaccination certificate demonstrating the full covid vaccination completed at least 14 dias prior / or negative lab testing certificate(PCR performed in the 72 hours prior to the workshop) / or antigen test performed in the 72 hours prior to the workshop / or recovery certificate demonstrating the recovery from Covid infection less than 6 months prior to the date.

Self tests are not accepted.

The use of mask is compulsory inside the theater premises.

Subject to changes according to pandemic control measures.

Cast and Creative

Projeto funicular um programa de formação do CAMa – Centro de Artes da Marioneta | A Tarumba, iniciado em 2010, composto por workshops intensivos dirigidos a profissionais selecionados em função do seu currículo e experiência. A inscrição é internacional e, devido à seleção, quer dos formadores, quer dos participantes, reúne diversas disciplinas artísticas, permitindo o encontro da marioneta com as outras artes. With support from São Luiz Teatro Municipal


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