TEMPLE — Chico Simoes will perform the centuries old Brazilian puppet form mamulengo at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Temple Stream Theater.

Mamulengo is a traditional form of puppet theatre in Brazil. Simões is a puppeteer, an educator, and the director of a Ponto de Cultura or Culture Point. Simões distinguishes his art form as traditional (alive and evolving) as opposed to “folkloric,” which he describes as immune to improvisation (much like a museum display).

Simões’ shows incorporate the theatrical language of “Grammelot” that dates back to 16th Century Italy, a mix of languages, sounds, gibberish and onomatopoeic elements. Since 1983 he has traveled throughout Brazil, studying, lecturing, and giving presentations of mamulengo, in addition to various other traditional forms. He lives and works on the outskirts of Brasília, where many of the residents are migrants from the Northeast — a region known for its poverty and injustice, but also its impressive cultural wealth.

Pizza from the wood-fired oven of the Upside Bakery will be served starting at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call 778-2513 or email [email protected]


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