EXPOS Marionetas Mandrágora

EXPOS Marionetas Mandrágora

Teatro e Marionetas de Mandrágora is a professional puppet theater company directed by Clara Ribeiro and Filipa Mesquita, and with art direction by enVide neFelibata. The Company was founded on April 2, 2002. In the symbiosis of a symbolic language that combines heritage and traditional legacy with the thinking and dynamics of contemporary society, a fundamental element emerges, the puppet. This element supports us in the search for our own cultural identity.

Our goal is to discover the aesthetic, plastic, scenic, and dramatic potential of the puppet itself, as well as in relation to the actor, and in this discovery explore the dramaturgy that characterizes us: that of exploring culture, belief, and legend allied to the urban, technological exploration, at the speed of the global village. Throughout our artistic journey, there have been several proposals for several audiences; adult, young, school, and family; as well as in basic or specialized training — one of our major commitments is the national and international touring of projects. Decentralization, community work, partnership creation, and social and inclusive valorization are predominant concerns in our daily lives.

Over these 22 years, we have affirmed the Company as a structure of contemporary artistic creation through dozens of proposals. Shows presented nationally and internationally, whether our own creations or in collaboration with other national and international cultural structures and entities. Our premise is to give creative freedom space to our artistic team, ensuring the existence within the structure itself of various languages and diverse visions that come together at a common point in the development of puppet theater art. The consideration of social vulnerabilities problematics and a vigilant look at traditions and heritage are the bases of the structure's dramaturgy that consolidate into distinct yet simultaneously convergent perspectives.

Dialogue with diverse audiences and involvement of creation in different contexts and spaces, as well as the intersection between entities and structures, creating multidisciplinary proposals aimed primarily at artistic communication with audiences, are fundamental. Also, noteworthy is the collaboration with numerous educational services in the implementation program of activities in institutions such as monuments, museums, and built heritage.

Teatro e Marionetas de Mandrágora is a structure supported by the Portuguese Republic - Culture, DGARTES - General Directorate for the Arts, Espinho Municipality / Espinho City Council, and Gondomar Municipality. The structure is located at FACE - Espinho Forum for Art and Culture and headquartered in Gondomar Municipality.