November 3 - 7, Wednesday through Sunday
The Photographer, The Box of Images
Daily in streets and malls of Miami, free
Call 305 324 4337 for an up-to-date schedule
From Brazil to the Festival d’Avignon in France, to Miami, the puppet/theater group, The Box of Images, brings their 3-minute miniature, magical, poetic work, The Photographer—a one-on-one experience, viewed by peering into an old-style street photographer’s camera box. The Photographer is a lyric homage to the mobile photographer. The photographer of the Box of Images prepares a humorous way for the viewer to be photographed. At the end, the viewer takes his picture home.
The Box of Images started in 1994 and instantly became popular in the streets and festivals of Brazil. This prize-winning Brazilian puppet/theater group performs magical, poetic, three-minute stories that have sound (via a Walkman), but no words. The pieces are performed inside a small box that looks much like an old-style street photographer’s camera box. The story is viewed by sitting on a stool and peering into the box, into a world performed by miniature puppets. This style of theater has its roots in the puppet theater of Europe during XVIII and XIX centuries and the black box of traditional Italian theater. Each story is a sort of Haiku, an essence of known universal themes. The Box of Images is more than a theater inside a box; it is a small island for private emotions, enchantment and enjoyment. The spectator who looks inside is often touched and becomes involved with the story. While they cannot influence the story, they feel a part of it.
Says one viewer; "The story is a fast, simple ritual that switches everything, from the ordinary world into a magic land of images. For me, watching the Image Box was to enjoy something different from anything that I had ever experienced. Everything is so small, yet at the same time, so large. Emotions are awakened and the wish is to get inside that little magic space. The puppeteers have thought about every little detail and execute the story with mastery and fluidity. The Box of Images is like looking through the keyhole of a door."
The Box of Images Group: Mônica Simões, Carlos Gaucho, Evelyn Cristina and Fábio Coutinho
Puppets Construction: Mônica Simões
Duration: 3 minutes