I really really like to find unusual treasures when I travel. Some of my favorites were the Marzipan Museum in Szentendre, Hungary, and the now-defunct Microworld gallery in London's Covent Garden. I'm still itching to get to Mini Mundo in nearby Gramado.
So when I discovered Museu Giramundo in my Beagá guidebook, well, there was a wave of giddy.
Giramundo is an organization that has, for 37 years, been creating spectacular puppet theatre around the world, for adults and children alike. The museum is a part of their production facility and houses the retired marionettes. For R$3 (US$1.50) I was given a personal tour... and it was spectacular!
The star of Giramundo's first production of A Bela Adormecida (Sleeping Beauty), from 1971.
There were numerous aging stars in the museum, each one more interesting than the previous. I wish I'd had the chance to see the adult-themed As Relações Naturais:
"With original text of the controversial gaúcho writer Qorpo Santo (1829-1883), the show presents a fierce critique of the family, turning a home into a brothel, where evil and incestuous relationships reign. Giramundo's cast creates a parallel between the surreal and moral imperfection and physical deformation of the characters."
Below is President Lula and company from Giragerais, a play which commented on the weighty themes of food supply, STDs, the environment, accidents in the workplace, citizenship, and the valuation of cultural identity. Pesado, mano!
If those aren't your puppet theatre style, you could check out Pinocchio, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, or The Magic Flute, perhaps. Personally, I wanted to see them all.
You know what else makes me happy?
Um grande sorriso,