ERA UMA VEZ – TEATRO DE MARIONETAS [Portugal]
‘Retábulo de D. Cristóbal’
[The Puppet Play of D. Cristóbal]
2 June, at 9.30pm | Largo Dr. Pascoal Coelho, Cabrela
3 June, at 4pm, | Foros de Vale Figueira Cultural Centre
CE | All ages
Duration | 35 min.
Authentic folk art, this piece is touched by the Gods through the words of the Poet. It’s puppet theatre presented in auditoriums, unashamed of its past and present in the streets and squares of Andalusia. A modern performance which clearly breaks with convention, whether clad in the paper used in the first half of last century or that used today.
CAST & CREW
Director | José Carlos Alegria
Puppeteers | Ana Margarida Alegria, Carlos Miguel Alegria and José Carlos Alegria
Puppets, sets and altarpiece | Amândio Anastácio
Translation into Portuguese | Adelina Cristóvão
Score | Carlos Miguel Alegria
‘Era uma Vez –Teatro de Marionetas’
José Carlos Alegria was born in Évora in 1953. Under the watchful eye of Mário Barradas and Luis Varela, he completed his acting classes at the Évora Cultural Centre (1977/1979). He worked as an actor at the Évora Cultural Centre, Teatro da Rainha and at the Évora Drama Centre. For six years, José Carlos Alegria was one of the performers who brought the Santo Aleixo Puppets to life. In 1991, he opened his own puppet theatre – ERA UMA VEZ – TEATRO DE MARIONETAS. At the turn of the millennium, his son, Carlos Miguel Meira Alegria, started working with him and his daughter, Ana Margarida Meira Alegria, joined them in 2006. Set designers Vasco Fernando, António Canelas, Iria Kovacs and Amândio Anastácio made almost all the puppets. His company has performed in Portugal, Spain, Andorra, France, Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and São Tomé and Príncipe.