Box of Images (Grupo Caixa de Imagens)
So Happy
(for ages 5 and up)
Performed by Box of Images (Grupo Caixa de Imagens)
New Theatre, 65 Almeria, Coral Gables, "Where theater is live and up-close."

So Happy by The Box of Images (Grupo Caixa de Imagens), a magical puppet group from Brazil, delight a young audience with puppets, a clown, a ballerina, a painter that interact with video and humans in small sketches that portrait universal themes.

The Chef
puppet theater
Performed by Box of Images (Grupo Caixa de Imagens)
From Brazil to the Festival d'Avignon in France to Miami, this festival favorite, The Box of Images (Grupo Caixa de Imagens), bring their 3-minute, miniature, magical, poetic work, The Chef, a one on one experience, viewed by peering into an old-style street photographer's camera box.

From Brazil to International Festivals around the world, to FLA/BRA for the second year in a row, the puppet/theater group, The Box of Images, brings their 3-minute miniature, magical, poetic work -- a one-on-one experience, viewed by peering into an old-style street photographerís camera box.  Their children's play, So Happy, set for a theater stage, uses the same imaginative approach. 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 photographerís 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."

In 1999 and 2000 The Box of Images participated in the following international festivals: FILO, Londrina, Brazil; Theater der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Festival d'Avignon, France; Festival Internacional de Canela, Brazil; II Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina; FLA/BRA 1999, Miami; Telstra Adelaide Festival, Australia; ACARTE, Lisbon, Portugal; XVIII World Festival Puppet Theater, Germany; Hanover Expo, Germany; Athens International Festival Athens, Greece; XXXII International Festival of UFMG, Diamantina, Brazil; World Festival Theater, Pilsen, Czech Republic.

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