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Cia. Truks was founded in 1990, and since then has been presenting it's plays - more than 15 in it's repertoire - in theaters, schools, institutions or alternative spaces all over Brazil and abroad. Not only, the group participates in festivals and showcases of theater and animation theater, and events and congresses attached to education and culture, also all over Brazil and abroad. The company shares it's knowhow too, by ministrating courses and workshops about theater for children, techniques of animation of puppets (in it's various forms), objects and figures, besides courses about procedures for the creation and development of a dramaturgy applied specifically for the theater for children and the animation theater.

The group is a national reference in this art, being one of the biggest exponents of the theater for children in Brazil, having participated in international festivals in countries from Asia, Africa, Europe, South America and Middle-East. It has received the most prestigious awards in the field: Mambembe, from the Ministry of Culture; APCA, from the São Paulo's Critics of Arts Association; Coca Cola of Young Theater, today known as São Paulo’s Prize of Incentive to the Theater for Children and Youth; Citizen Theater, from São Paulo's City Hall; Stimulus Award, from the São Paulo's State Secretariat of Culture; among others. The company coordinated, between the years of 2002 and 2012, the Center for Studies and Practices of the Animation Theater of São Paulo, a project attached to São Paulo's City Hall, that became a reference in this artistic language. During those years, there were presented hundreds of plays from countries from the Americas, Europe and even Asia; dozens of groups and artists were formed, and also numerous successful plays were produced.  

Cia. Truks's great diferencial through all those years, what has made it's success and fame, was it's special care with the dramaturgy and it's extreme professionalism, constantly and obssesively searching for the techinical perfection, for the maximum life and expressiveness of it's puppets. The group endowed it's work and scenical research of a singular characteristic, by developing a particular technique of animation, inspired in the centenary japanese art of Bunraku, in which three actors simultaneously animate the same puppet, giving him/her precise human movements, that enchant and surprise audiences from all ages.

Not only, the company has developed it's own language of ressignification and animation of daily objects (objects theater technique), that are transformed in fun characters of extremely intelligent and creative plays. The group combines, to this refined aesthetic, a rich dramaturgy, that uses, with extreme delicacy, the magical aspects of it's puppets to envolve and enchant kids. – And of course, also the adults (after all, the children doesn’t go watching plays by themselves, right?). The group's capacity to communicate directly with the kids is patent, concretized through deep and beautiful stories, that respects and considers the rich creative universe of the children, at the same time that offers them worldviews that are instigating, innovative, and filled with fantasy and poetry.

Cia. Truks understands the theater as an efficient instrument of communication between human beings. It's in the group's most profounds interests, above all, to exercise it's role in the construction of a better society. In the journey of almost 30 years of constant work and research, the company has always being focused and concerned about the themes of each of it's plays and how they could relate themselves with the society around: In "Blue City", spoke about the reality of homeless kids; In "The Lord of the Dreams", treated about the difficulty of adaptation of kids to the adult world; In "The Neighboors", war and piece were raised to the question; In "Giant", globalization was the central plotline; in "The Dream Hospice", the view about who could actually be the mad in those crazy days we are living; in “Expedition Pacific” the ecology finally was discussed, as it was the “social inivisbility and disposability” of our recent times... Among so many other relevant themes.

That's the company's way to work: Choose and find a theme that touches it's heart, that moves it's integrants ideologically, that concerns the group. And speak about those themes in a poetic manner, not with closed concepts or didatic lessons; the company believes this is the work for teachers and educators. As an artists collective, the group creates a poetic universe around the themes, and present them in an emotional way. In it's plays, Cia. Truks calls, begs for the adults to understand better the kids. For perverse ideologies, rooted in society since ancient times, people see the children as an "blank page", where it will be written all the laws governing the world of the adults. No! Children are so beyond from such a small thinking! They are beings that formulate hypotheses, play complex games, live sorrows, insecurities, anguishes, anxieties, fantasies and dreams. They are full beings, and as such should be understood and respected. That's how Cia. Truks wishes to make it's artistic activity become a strong instrument in the enrichment of children's imaginary, acting directly in the formation of critical, creative and, above all, sensitive citizens, ready to respond, with affection and respect towards the other, to the challenges of the future life.

Since 2004, through the works proposed in the Center for Studies and Practices of the Animation Theater of São Paulo, the group have been developing researches on the possibilities of the theater of animation specifically for the adults, that resulted in the creation of the plays "Big Bang", in 2006; "This is Not a Pipe" (based on the works of the plastic artist René Magritte), in 2007; and "Bar History", in 2009.

Also as a result from researches – and all the history from the group –, Cia. Truks has published four important books: "THE POSSIBILITY OF THE NEW IN THE ANIMATION THEATER" (2009), in which Henrique Sitchin, the company's coordinator, details the experiences proposed by the project Center for Studies and Practices of the Animation Theater of São Paulo, of how there were developed a series of exercises to give birth to a own dramaturgy, NEW, for this kind of theater; Of the plays direct or indirectly produced by the project, and many ideas, reflections and questionings about this art.

The next publishion was "​THE ROLE OF THE ACTOR-ANIMATOR IN THE THEATRICAL SCENE​" (2010), that promoted a reflection about how the role of the actor-animator in the scene can, not only auxiliate, but actually have fundamental implications and inspirations for the construction of the dramaturgy; it also spoke about the questions relative to the techniques and specific trainings required for this kind of professional, necessairy procedures and lots and lots of possible exercises.   In 2012, the group published it's next research: "​PUPPETS ON THE STREETS​", in which it was detailed the project of same name, orchestrated between the years of 2010 and 2011.

Finally, in 2015 the group published the title "​THEATER FOR CHILDREN: PROBLEMS AND LUNATIC SOLUTIONS​", in which were raised and appointed the problems regarding the theatrical making/producing for children in present days, as well as the little understanding that parents and educators have about this art.

That's how Cia. Truks finds it's way to contribute to the enrichment of the rare disponible bibliography, in portuguese language, about the art of animation theatre; And that's something the company is not open to change: as long as the group is running and researching and producing it’s shows, the sharing and exchanging of experiences and knowledge will maintain it's course.





CHILDREN THINGS was born from the will of Cia. Truks to create a play that would be totally made from scenes created by kids. The group teached 10 workshops all over the city, and during those encounters, tryed to stimulate children to build their own particular ideas and scenes, using for that objects of daily use.

That's how eletronic irons were transformed in dogs, horses and even a little baby burning with fever. Coffe pots were turned in elephants, or, just like a magic lamp, started making the "juice of imagination"... That's also how a very rushed alarm clock married with a very talky speaker bride, and cages flew like beautiful birds, and the tie started eating the father who only worked and worked... among so many other stories filled with humor and poetry.



EXPEDITION PACIFIC is an attempt of the company to transform the Great Island of Trash that grows each day in some point of the Pacific Ocean – which extension is already bigger than the sum of various brazilian states –, in an allegory of situations lived in the big cities. As it happens each day in our streets and sewers and manholes, all sorts of waste of our humanity are drawned to the Great Pacific Island of Trash. Well, conducting a wagon filled with trash and plastic, we will see in the figures of two “catadores” / “Cart Pushers” – men and women that collects trash and recycles it: the ones responsable for 90% of all the waste recycled in Brazil –, these simple and humble people: the human being marginalized by society, drifting in the asfalt, ignored and invisible to the eyes of the others, just like the trash navigating through the ocean (and just like so many people living in the so called 3rd World…). Here, however, these will be precisely the ones we need, our heroes: Together, they will get on board in an imaginary trip towards the Great Island. They will become real poets, capable of creating their own incredible adventure: a beautiful journey through inspiring images, speechlessly floating from comedy to tragedy, and doing it using nothing but plastic.                                                    



The play brings to the stage an idea of fundamental importance for the kids: the stimulus towards the creative process! From simple everyday objects, more than a dozen of unusual and fun animated creatures gain life, shining on the stage. Everything begins when two friends go to the zoo to have a picnic, but the zoo is closed. With the doors shut, they will not intimidate themselves into creating, with a whole lot of creativity, their own particular zoo, where pets are made from dishes, cloths, bottles, cups and whatever that is within the reach of their hands. The nothing common creatures will live comic or poetic situations, and it will be created “The Magical Zoo”, possible in everyone’s imagination. And open, always!  

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*Click where is written "Zoo-Ilógico".





It’s lunch time in the Good Head Hospice. Three supposed crazy men seat on the table, for the meal. But there is nothing there to eat or drink. Thirsty and hungry, the friends get on board in a delicious imaginary journey in search of food, that will take them to an arid desert, to the bottom of the sea and even to the Moon…! Incredible characters, made from napkins, pet bottles, dishes, plates, bowls, cups, plastic bags and wooden spoons will accompany them in fantastic adventures. After finally getting lunch, the surprise is revealed to the public: Were they actually crazy, or crazy are those incapable of playing? Our friends offers the public one of the best medicine there is: the possibility of a wealthier life, filled with the friendship of true friends, and lots and lots of good humor. They transform what would be a hospice in a beautiful, wonderful dream.

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*Click where is written "Sonhatório"



Three handworkers can’t leave the building site they work, at the end of their shift, because of a big storm insisting to fall outside. Without being able to go to their homes, though, they free their imagination to create the most incredible adventures: tools, buckets, a hose and whatever they find in their way are transformed in instruments for the trips through their imaginations. They recount some fairy tales, parody classic films, create and interact with pets and creatures formed by the most unusual things. Reveal themselves, at last, workers of a very special piece. They are, above all, poets, constructors of dreams...

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*Click where is written "Construtório"



Three creative friends travel to an exciting adventure: Will go camping in unknown lands! They enter in scene with their backpacks fully equipped and open the doors to imagination. They will pass the day living the most crazy situations, such as a frustrated fishing, a picnic accompained by an army of ants, “terrifying” horror stories with witches and vampires, and another fun passages with lots of good humor and even illusionism!
They will live, finally, one of those days that makes life worth living: side by side with dear friends, wishing that time could stop; Wishing everyday could be like that for the rest of their lives...

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Click where is written "Acampatório"



Based in the work of author and illustrator Eva Furnari, “TRUKS: THE LITTLE WITCH” was the first play of the group. It debuted in 1991 and it was, without doubt, one of the biggest phenomenon’s of the theater for children in Brazil; not only by the grand repercussion in the media, crowding theaters all over the country, but mainly because of the enchantment that it has always caused in the public. The play, delicate and captivating, is an invitation to imagination and to the developing of creativity. “The Little Witch” left her graphic space to gain body – and soul – of puppet, and bring to the stage all her grace, sympathy and an unusual sense of humor, living her adventures with the most undeniable charm.

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*Click where is written "A Bruxinha"



The awarded play tells the beautiful story about an accidental encounter between two kids who live very different realities: a rich girl, lost in the streets, and a homeless boy, son of the streets. What comes next is a solid and moving friendship between them, which reveals the wise capacity kids have to bind with each other, ignoring the prejudice, the judgments, always saying yes to life, with their games and plays. The kids, after all, offers us the possibility to dream of a better city: A Blue City.

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*Click where is written "Cidade Azul"



Lucas, totally immersed in his dreams, fantasies and crazy inventions, tries, without much success, to adapt to the social conventions. In funny and playful moments, or in another of delicate poetry, it’s revealed in the scene all the richness and wisdom of the children's universe. Lucas, symbolizing all the children, materializes the wish they all have to live their dreams with liberty, and counting with the help and complicity of the adults. In the end, it is revealed to the public: the play brings out, in fact, the memories of the old Mr. Lucas, who would end up becoming a writer of great success.

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*Click where is written "O Senhor dos Sonhos"



Here the group “dives” in another beautiful and poetic history. A detective searches for a strange figure, who escaped, look at that, from the pages of the newspaper! He is actually a "newspaper boy", character before attached to the journal, who decides to leave his reality to live the most amazing adventures. From that on, he is swallowed by a whale in the open sea, loses himself in the world of dinosaurs, flies with his balloon to outer space, and even saves a helpless princess from a fearsome dragon. Will be opened the doors to poetry. Will be on air the breaking news: child plays in the world of dreams!

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*Click where is written "A Última Notícia"



Here the group tells the moving love story of two kids who are born and grow together in a small village in the north of Brazil, but, by consequences of life, will have to get apart. The play, speechless and filled with beautiful images, is a very sensitive and poetic portrayal of love and the necessity for the real human encounters.

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*Click where is written "Por Uma Estrela"



Two fun stories about important themes of our contemporaneity are told, with lots of good humor and unusual techniques, which turns the show into a very fun playing time: in the first story, the toy puppet technique is used and transmitted via camera in a big screen; in the second story, there is another camera, filming from above: here, puppets made with shadow theater and toy theater techniques are mixed and interacts with drawings that are made live, in the scene. An actor has in front of him a full equipped desk, filled with color pencils, inks and papers of varied colors and textures. As the story goes by, scenarios are built, situations, characters and “moods” are drawn... At the end, the message is clear: we all should be free to be whatever it is we are or want to be. 

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*Click where is written "E Se As Histórias Fossem Diferentes?"



The play tells the saga of a small village where strange facts happen: the animals are confused, an artist paints always the same paiting, a musician doesn’t know the next note of his song. The people, though, don’t realize anything, can’t see or feel that there is something wrong occurring there. It’s a population that has forgotten about life and what it means to be alive. Nearby lives a big giant that no one sees. Clever, he hides during the day and invades the village during the night. With everybody sleeping, he steals the musical notes of the songs, the words from the poems, the memories of the people. All because… he needs to EAT! That’s what feeds him. Until a girl named Clara, full of dreams, appears, and starts unveiling the strange facts. Eventually, she will “turn the table”, showing us how worthy are our identity and our dreams.     

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*Click where is written "Gigante"



“Gradpa” does a beautiful tribute to the immigrants that arrived in Brazil in the middle of the last century. Not only, it celebrates the continuity of life, symbolized by one of its strong marks: the unbreakable chain of family. Portraying one of the most significant periods of our recent history, which marked the lives of the new generations and also our country as a whole, the play tells the story of our character “Grandpa”, starting in his childhood in a distant country, going to his adolescence, the beginning of the adult life, the wars that haunted Europe, the though journey and adaptation to Brazil, until we reach his old days, when he becomes a storyteller capable of moving audiences by simply telling the history of his life, his fantastic and yet so real life.

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*Click where is written "Vovô"



The play starts when a girl needs to decide whether she will share her colored pencils with her neighbor, or will play alone. It’s then when her grandmother tells her the beautiful story about two identical kingdoms, one blue, the other yellow, who are always in war, but depends one of each other to live and survive. In this play, it is discussed, in a light and fun way, a theme of vital importance in these difficult times we are living: Or we realize that we need to share resources, and start living in a solidary way, or we will be jeopardizing our own survival.    

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*Click where is written "Os Vizinhos"