“The artist forges himself in this perpetual coming and going between himself and others, halfway between the beauty he cannot dispense and the community from which he cannot separate.”
That’s the introductory quote for the 21st edition of FIMFA Lx (the “International Festival of Puppets and Animated Forms”). It’s happening throughout Lisbon for 20 days in May, courtesy of company A Tarumba: Teatro de Marionetas, under the artistic direction of Luís Vieira and Rute Ribeiro. And here’s what else they say about it:
“Resist, restart, renew, rebuild, reinvent – these are the keywords for this year. It will still not be possible to blow out the 21 ’embraced’ candles, but we look forward to seeing on stage and live artists giving life to all kinds of objects, creating fantastic universes in a journey designed by memory, myth, balance, ingenuity, overcoming, and amazement.”
Last year’s festival had to be moved online for obivous reasons, but this year FIMFA Lx is having a whale of a time. For instance, there’s an interpretation of Melville’s Moby Dick complete with fifty puppets, video projections, a submerged orchestra, and a life-sized puppet whale; a journey inside the whale’s belly with Pinocchio, Captain Ahab and Jonas, accompanied by puppets of wire, stick, glove, shadows, and odors; a solo show inspired by Antone Chekhov’s Seagull with In Chaika a human-sized puppet, and plenty more.
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