The Porto International Puppet Festival (FIMP) is back in a particularly special year, from 9 to 18 October.
From 9 to 18 October, it reaches ten rooms for a total of 14 shows, with several absolute and national premieres included, and with the participation of six countries. In the 31st edition, puppets, objects and materials come to life and do it to test the “Limits of Human“, the theme of the festival, which aims to challenge the public to think about the world of things from a different perspective, says the organization.
Porto Municipal Theater – Rivoli and Campo Alegre, Helena Sá e Costa Theater, Bolhão Palace, Porto Metro, Mira Forum, Iron Theater, the Catholic Circle of Oporto Workers, and, for the first time, the Constantine Nery Cineteatro, in Matosinhos, are the stages that will receive the 2020 edition of FIMP, which proposes to explore speeches and thoughts on science and politics, with a program that also includes a ‘concert-performance‘, three online workshops and two masterclasses.
In a festival that will also give space for absolute premieres, training, shows of work in process and even some surprises, in addition to Portugal, five more countries join the program, namely Holland, Cape Verde, Belgium, France, Spain, for a total of 25 presentations.
FIMP will open on October 9 with “Kamp“, a show by the Dutch Hotel Modern, which the artistic director of FIMP describes as “impressive” and current in the face of the “frightening growth of extremist and racist tendencies that we must be very aware of“. On stage, he described at the press conference a “huge” model, representing the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, with overcrowded barracks and thousands of seven-inch puppets, representing the prisoners and their executioners.
The closing honors of the festival will be given to the production from Belgium, “Cratère 6899“, by Gwendoline Robin, “a breach” that takes the audience to the origins of the world, when comets collided with the earth, says Igor Gandra.
The program also includes the shows “Bad Translation“, by Cris Blanco, Spain, “Uma Coisa Longínqua”, by Teatro de Ferro & Carlos Guedes, “O Fim do Fim“, by Alma d’Arame & Companhia João Garcia Miguel, and “Lições de Voo“, by the Porto Puppet Theater.
With support from the Porto Council, the Porto International Puppet Festival (FIMP), which involves the work of more than 200 people, will see half of its shows go up on the stage of the Municipal Theater of Porto (TMP) and, as with the programming of this room, the capacity of the auditoriums will be limited to 50% of its capacity, complying with the norms of the General Directorate of Health, guaranteed Tiago Guedes, artistic director of TMP.
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