Dom Roberto

Dom Roberto

Arte Institute is pleased to present the puppet show “Dom Roberto” by S.A. Marionetas in New York.

Clube Português de Farmingville, April 11 – 7 PM
1216 Portion Rd, holtsville, NY 11738

Portuguese American Cultural Center –  Tarrytown, April 12 – 3.30 PM
145 Franklin street, Tarrytown, NY 10591


Dom Roberto – Rooted in the European tradition of glove puppets, namely the Polichinelo from the Italian Comédia Dell’Arte (16th Century), the Portuguese Dom Roberto Theater retains all the characteristics from this form of traditional theater. Arriving in Portugal in the 18th Century it remained unchanged until mid 20th Century.
By then the competition with contemporary popual entertainment led to the decay of D. Roberto Theater. S.A.Marionetas ha the privilege of personal contact with traditional Puppet Master António Dias, one of the las itinerant puppeteers. From his testimony S.A.Marionetas re-created two small plays that were part of the original repertoire: “The Barber” and “The Bullfight”. The intended effect to preserve for the future this part of the Portuguese and European cultural inheritance. 

S.A. Marionetas Support
Governo de Portugal  |  DG Artes  |  Alcobaça  |  Fundação Oriente  |  Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian  |  Embaixada de Portugal