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“Marvellous, moving and breathtaking puppet show”

Grupo Contadores de Estorias
Ranked #36 of 112 things to do in Paraty
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: A company that celebrates 47 years of existence, since the big masks from their earlier work in 1971, to the dancers in the 80's and 90's and the small puppets - almost alive - that have made company known, the Contadores de Estórias (The Storytellers) were and still are a group dedicated to the study, the exploration and the discovery in their artistic language. Because of this set of characteristics, since 1981 chose the tranquility of the historic city of Paraty to establish themselves and there they keep Teatro Espaço. It is in this theater that they present, every Wednesday and Saturday, 'Em Concerto', running for over 23 years and seen by over 120 thousand people so far.
Reviewed 26 April 2014

This marvellous puppetry piece is a must do in Paraty. We are avid theatre goers and this exceeded our expectations. The show goes for one hour and is made up of 7 short stories. It is literally breathtaking, almost to the point that it is surreal as the puppet masters make the puppets look like real people from wiping away tears with handkerchiefs to scratching a leg - they come alive before your very eyes. The stories kept short and sweet really captivate and connect with the audience from the flirting between an elderly couple, two young people falling in love to a birth. The puppets and set design is in itself, incredible works of art. There is no dialogue only music, light and sound. The puppet show has been going for 30 years and has been shown in rio to New York. We pre-booked at one of the tour booking agents, which I recommend that you do because we got really good seats! Alternatively you can turn up at 8.30pm when the doors open and buy them at the door. Tickets are 40R each, very reasonably priced and they are the same price if you book through an agency or at the door on the night. Get there 15 minutes early - the show starts at 9pm sharp. Adults only, over the age of 17. Such a breathtaking, moving and incredible artistic performance - a must do.

Date of experience: April 2014
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Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

Wonderful series of character vignettes told in a theatrical and engaging way. Magical: even when you know it is simply articulated dolls manipulated by two actors, you can't help believing that they are individual characters with deep and meaningful stories to tell. Book early- it's an intimate theatre and it was full.

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Reviewed 29 November 2011

We should confess we did expected more. But it is a very unique Theater, with soul and very strong messages. They are simple, so simple that sometimes borders on the amateurish, but this theater group impresses and thrills for the content of a performance with strong emotional content. Worth it.

Date of experience: November 2011
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Reviewed 29 June 2010

The puppeteer use puppets to tell a story in a series of short plays. The puppets movements mimic human gestures and actions; appearing very life like. Two of the vignettes contain adult content. It is a very petite theater of approx. 50 seats; reservations recommended.

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Reviewed 10 November 2018 via mobile
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Date of experience: November 2018
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