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Global Hope participants meet Brazilian puppet masters Giramundo

Giramundo Tuesday 8 September 2015

Esteemed Brazilian puppet theatre company Giramundo shared insights into its fascinating history at a special evening hosted in collaboration with members of Global Hope.

First year students Christy Flynn and Lisa Bassett, along with Lecturer in Drama and Performance Studies Dr Kris Darby, travelled to Brazil to work with non-profit organisation Ramacrisna, which provides aid and education to a number of schools around the Brazilian city of Betim.

The team were based in the arts and crafts workshop, where they constructed toys and games from recycled material.

Dr Darby said: “We flew kites with the children, made dream catchers, learnt capoeira - a Brazilian martial art which I have since taken up in England - danced the samba, and helped the older students practice their English. It was an incredible experience in which I witnessed real kindness from all staff and a philosophy that I am taking with me into my own teaching at Hope.”

During their stay, representatives from Ramacrisna introduced the students to Giramundo’s Artistic Director Marcos Malafaia, who discussed with them the importance of interdisciplinary in creative processes and education.

The conversation resulted in an evening performance at Giramundo’s museum in Belo Horizonte entitled Bridge: Two worlds connected by theatrical passion.

Click here to watch the Global Hope team at work.


Picture by Filipe Abras

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