Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute Encuentro:Performing heritage : contemporary indigenous and community-based practices(5th : 2005 : Belo Horizonte, Brazil).
Title: Cobra norato
Date: 2005 Mar. 18
Location: Performed on Mar. 18, 2005, at the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Work Type: Performances., Theater., Puppet theater.
Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, producer ; Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), producer ; Giramundo Teatro de Bonecos, creators ; poem by Raul Bopp.
Giramundo Teatro de Bonecos, puppeteers.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:59:46
Language: In Portuguese.
Synopsis: Video documentation of Giramundo's 'Cobra Norato', performed in the context of the Hemispheric Institute's 5th Encuentro, titled 'Performing Heritage' (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2005 'Cobra Norato' explores aquatic myths of the Amazonian region. Written by Raul Bopp, its one of the most important poems of the Modernismo Brasileiro. The Giramundo piece features puppets created in the style of traditional Carajá craftsmanship and inspired by popular art from Northern and Northeastern Brazil. Created in 1970 by Brazilian artists Álvaro Apocalypse, Terezinha Veloso and Maria do Carmo Vivacqua Martins (Madu), Giramundo Teatro de Bonecos ( has gained worldwide recognition as one of the most important puppet theater groups in the world. Their remarkable trajectory includes professional works for theater, film, video, and television, as well as a strong pedagogical component, teaching workshops and puppetry courses both abroad and in their own school in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Every year, besides setting up a new show, the group works on a remake. The 950 marionettes that have already staged or that are still on stage are part of the Museu Giramundo collection, which has the largest private collection of the kind in Brazil. At the Museum we can also find the Coleção de Desenhos e Estudos para Teatro, with sketches and outlines for set design, and the models of the groups creators. The methodological rigor in creating their performances, the refined construction and manipulation of their performing objects, and their interest in exploring topics in Brazilian culture have provided Giramundo with tools for transcending traditional childrens theater in order to incorporate adult themes and cultural forms in direct dialogue with complex political and aesthetic issues.
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