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THE CIA. TRUKS

The company works with puppets inspired in a centenary  Japanese technique, called “BUNRAKU”, in which each character is manipulated simultaneously by three actors, who gives them precise and refined human movements, with strong dramatic intension, capable of enchanting audiences from all ages. Not only, the company also developed its own language of animation of objects from our everyday life, with objects that loses its primary functions to transform into fun characters, in intelligent plays, full of creativity. The group presents since 1990, all over the country and abroad, and received the most important awards of the theater for children in Brazil: Mambembe, from the Ministry of Culture; APCA, from the São Paulo Association of Art Critics; Coca-Cola de Teatro Jovem; and Estímulo da Secretaria de Estado da Cultura de São Paulo. In the past 10 years, the group coordinated the recently finished CENTER OF STUDIES AND PRACTICES OF THE ANIMATION THEATER OF SÃO PAULO, project from the São Paulo City Hall.

 

 

THE PLAYS


“THE MAGICAL ZOO”

The play brings to the stage an idea of fundamental importance for the kids: the stimulus towards the creative process! From simple everyday objects, more than a dozen of unusual and fun animated creatures gain life, shining on the stage. Everything begins when two friends go to the zoo to have a picnic, and the zoo is closed. With the doors shut, they will not intimidate themselves into creating, with a whole lot of creativity, their own zoo, where pets are made from dishes, cloths, bottles, cups and whatever that is within the reach of their hands. The nothing common creatures will live comic or poetic situations, and will be created “The Magical Zoo”, possible in everyone’s imagination. And open, always!  


See video at:http://www.youtube.com/embed/PyVqhnhXI70?autoplay=1

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“THE DREAM HOSPICE”

It’s lunch time in the Good Head Hospice. Three supposed crazy men seat on the table, for the meal. But there is nothing there to eat or drink. Thirsty and hungry, the friends get on board in a delicious imaginary journey in search of food, that will take them to an arid deserts, to the bottom of the sea and even to the Moon…! Incredible characters, made from napkins, pet bottles, dishes, plates, bowls, cups, plastic bags and wooden spoons will accompany them in fantastic adventures. After finally getting lunch, the surprise is revealed to the public: Were they actually crazy, or crazy are they incapable of playing? Our friends offer the pubic one of the best medication ever: the possibility of a wealthier life, filled with the friendship of true friends, and lots and lots of good humor. They transform what would be a hospice in a dream.


See video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hjyda9njPA

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“BUILDING DREAMS”

Three handworkers can’t leave the building site they work, at the end of their shift, because of a big storm, insisting to fall outside. Without being able to go to their homes, though, they free their imagination to create the most incredible adventures: tools, buckets, a hose and whatever they find in their way are transformed in instruments for the trips through their imaginations. They recount some fairy tales, parody classic films, create and interact with pets and creatures formed by the most unusual things. Reveal themselves, at last, workers of a very special piece. They are, above all, poets, builders of dreams...


See video at: http://www.youtube.com/embed/3ju3XYpc6-E?autoplay=1

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“THE CAMP”

Three creative friends travel to an exciting adventure: Will go camping in unknown lands! They enter in scene with their backpacks fully equipped and open the doors to imagination. They will pass the day living the most crazy situations, such as a frustrated fishing, a picnic accompained by an army of ants, “terrifying” horror stories with witches and vampires, and another fun passages with lots of good humor and even illusionism!

They will live, at last, one of those days that makes life worth living: side by side with dear friends, wishing that time could stop; Wishing to live it everyday for the rest of their lives...


See video at: http://www.youtube.com/embed/cc7X8CepaM4?autoplay=1

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“THE LITTLE WITCH”

Based in the work of author and illustrator Eva Furnari, “TRUKS: THE LITTLE WITCH” was the first play of the group. It debuted in 1991 and it was, without doubt, one of the biggest phenomenon’s of the theater for children in Brazil, not only by the grand repercussion in the media, crowding theaters all over the country, but mainly because of the enchantment that it has always caused in the public. The play, delicate and captivating, is an invitation to imagination and to the developing of creativity. “The Little Witch” left her graphic space to gain body – and soul – of puppet, and bring to the stage all her grace, sympathy and an unusual sense of humor, living her adventures with the most undeniable charm.


See video at: http://www.youtube.com/embed/nSkWHloIAuA?autoplay=1

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“BLUE CITY”

The awarded play tells the beautiful story about an accidental encounter between two kids who live very different realities: a rich girl, lost in the streets, and a homeless boy. What comes next is a solid and moving friendship between them, which reveals the wise capacity kids have to bind with each other, ignoring the prejudice, the judgments, always saying yes to life, with their games and plays. The kids offer us the dream of a better city: A Blue City.


See video at: http://www.youtube.com/embed/fyRlJJteVUI?autoplay=1

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“THE LORD OF THE DREAMS”

Lucas, totally submerged in his dreams, fantasies and crazy inventions, tries, without much success, to adapt to the social conventions. In funny and playful moments, or in another of delicate poetry, it’s revealed in the scene all the richness and wisdom of the infant universe. The kid, symbolizing all the children, materializes the wish they all have to live their dreams with liberty, counting with the help and complicity of the adults. In the end, it is revealed that the play brings out, in fact, the memories of the old Mr. Lucas, who would end up becoming a writer of great success.


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“BREAKING NEWS”


Here the group “dives” in another beautiful and poetic history. A detective searches for a strange figure, who escaped, look at that, from the pages of the newspaper! He is actually a "newspaper boy", character before attached to the journal, who decides to leave his reality to live the most amazing adventures. From that on, he is swallowed by a whale in the open sea, loses himself in the world of dinosaurs, flies with his balloon to outer space, and even saves a helpless princess from a fearsome dragon. Will be opened the doors to poetry. Will be on air the breaking news: child play in the world of dreams!

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See video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxlEtZ4fs18&feature=player_embedded

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“AN UNIQUE STAR”

Here the group tells the moving love story of two kids who are born and grow together in a small village in the north of Brazil, but, by consequences of life, will have to get apart. The play, speechless and filled with beautiful images, is a very sensitive and poetic portrayal of love and the necessity for the real human encounters.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​See video at: http://www.youtube.com/embed/NvGMaHGYe3w?autoplay=1

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“WHAT IF HISTORIES WERE DIFFERENT?”

Two fun histories about important themes of our contemporaneity are told, with lots of good humor and an extreme unusual technique, which turns the show into a very fun playing time: puppets are mixed with drawings that are made live, in the scene. An actor has in front of him a full equipped desk, filled with color pencils, inks and papers of varied colors and textures. As the histories go by, scenarios are built, situations, characters and “moods” are drawn, and through a video camera installed above the desk all of these creations are registered and launched, with a projector, in a big screen. Behind the screen there is another actor, who manipulates shadow puppets, interacting with the projected images.


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“GIANT”

The play tells the saga of a small village where strange facts happen: the animals are confused, an artist paints always the same drawing, a musician doesn’t know the next note of his song. The people, though, don’t realize anything, can’t see or feel that there is something wrong occurring there. It’s a population that has forgotten about life and what it means to be alive. Nearby lives a big giant that no one sees. Clever, he hides during the day and invades the village during the night. With everybody sleeping, he steals the musical notes of the songs, the words from the poems, the memories of the people. All because… he needs to EAT! That’s what feeds him. Until a girl named Clara, full of dreams, appears, and starts unveiling the strange facts. Eventually. she will “turn the table”, showing us how worthy are our identity and our dreams.     

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See video at: http://www.youtube.com/embed/-7CwqUDgTSo?autoplay=1

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"GRANDPA"

“Gradpa” does a beautiful tribute to the immigrants that arrived in Brazil in the middle of the last century. Not only, it celebrates the continuity of life, symbolized by one of its strong marks: the unbreakable chain of family. Portraying one of the most significant periods of our recent history, which marked the lives of the new generations and also our country as a whole, the play tells the story of our character “Grandpa”, starting in his childhood in a distant country, going to his adolescence, the beginning of the adult life, the wars that haunted Europe, the though journey and adaptation to Brazil, until we reach his old days, when he becomes a storyteller capable to move audiences by simply telling the history of his life, his fantastic and yet so real life.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​See video at: http://www.youtube.com/embed/tVyjLd1GcJk?autoplay=1

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"THE NEIGHBORS"

The play starts when a girl needs to decide whether she will share her colored pencils with her neighbor, or will play alone. It’s then when her grandmother tells her the beautiful story about two identical kingdoms, one blue, the other yellow, who are always in war, but depends one of each other to live and survive. In this play, we discuss, in a light and fun way, a theme of vital importance in these difficult times we are living: Or we realize that we need to share resources, and start living in a solidary way, or we will be jeopardizing our own survival.    


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​See video at: http://www.youtube.com/embed/-6HUbmbrakM?autoplay=1

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