Show "Laia and the Flight of Imagination"

"Laia and the flight of imagination" is a wordless string-puppet show performed by the puppeteer Júlia Barnabé and her marionette, Laia. The show discusses the hybridism between dream and reality in child's world. It is also a work that tells us about parental love. Between the puppet and the puppeteer there is a delicate game of complicity and affection, not the traditional neutral relationship.

"It is like she is her best friend or her daughter, she encourages her. It is her love that makes the puppet become alive".


(Journal Le Parisien, 18/09/2017, about Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes,

Charleville-Mézières, France)

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Laia is a handmade 70-cm string puppet, made of wood, with 20 strings and articulated eyes. She represents a 5 years old girl who loves birds and painting. She wakes up in her bedroom and introduces us the fantastic world of her toys. Playing with them, she invites us to travel through the infinite possibilities of her imagination. When she paints a sunset on the paper with seagulls gliding around, she becomes capable of flying. Daydreaming, she interacts with the children in the audience, dancing with them, hugging them, sitting on their legs and also painting their hands.

The show was developed from a meticulous study of human gestures in order to create a visual narrative without words. "Laia and the Flight of Imagination" is a 20 mitnutes show for family audience that can be performed at the street, theatres and events.

The show has a original soundtrack composed for accordion and guitar by the musicians Danielle Siqueira and Danilo Rodrigues (Brazil) especially for this show.

Like the puppet, the set was also handmade in wood by Júlia Barnabé and designed to fit inside a suitcase, which enables total displacement autonomy.

Along it´s last years on the road, the show has already been performed hundreds times in 10 countries among Europe, Latin America Ásia and África.

"Laia and the flight of imagination"around the world:


  • Festival Internacional de Marionetas de Ovar - FIMO (Ovar/Portugal)

  • Festival de Objectos e Marionetas e outros comeres - FOME (Faro, Loulé, Tavira, Olhão, Albufeira, São Brás do Alportel/Portugal)

  • Fira Tàrrega - Arts de Carrer (Tàrrega, Spain)

  • Festival Mondial des Theatre de Marionnettes (Charleville-Mezieres, France)

  • Sesc Bertioga (Bertioga/SP, Brazil)

  • Sesi Portão - Mostra Cena Criança (Curitiba/PR, Brazil)

  • AnimaRua - Mostra de Teatro de Formas Animadas de Rua - FRINGE (Curitiba/PR, Brazil)

  • Circulação por Núcleos de Convivência do Idoso da cidade de São Paulo - projeto “As Pontas do Fio da Vida” contemplado pelo Prêmio Cleyde Yáconis (São Paulo/SP, Brazil)

  • Expedição Riso Doce com Cia Cromossomos e Palhaços Sem Fronteiras em comunidades ribeirinhas do Rio Doce - projeto contemplado pelo Prêmio Funarte de Circulação de Espetáculos de Circo (Espírito Santo/ES, Brazil)

  • Circo da Rose - circulação por parques da cidade de São Paulo (São Paulo/SP, Brazil)

  • Apresentações de Rua - temporada de verão (Paraty/RJ, Brazil)


  • Festival International des Arts du Mime et du Geste - Mimos (Périgueux, France)

  • Festival International des Arts de la Marionnette - Mima (Mirepoix, France)

  • Festival Petruska World Puppet Carnival (Ekaterinburg, Russia)

  • Figura Offida Festival International - FOF (Offida, Italy)

  • Festival des Marionnettes - Insifon (Bruxelas, Belgium)

  • Fira de Tàrrega - Festival de Arts de Carrer (Tàrrega, Spain)

  • Street Performances - Summer season (Sarlat la Canedà, France)

  • Pandora´s Box Cabaret (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • International Circus Women Meeting (Ribeirão Preto, Brazil)

  • Lambe Lambe Meeting - Encontro de Caixeiros (Ribeirão Preto, Brazil)

  • Circus and Theatre Festival - Casa de Cultura Chico Science (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Varietê Mozkasa - Tendal da Lapa (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Jacarandazinho Convida - Espaço Jacarandá (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Agostiniano Mendel School(São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Shared Space Luiz Estrela (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

  • Street Performances - summer season (Ilhabela, Brazil)

  • Street Performances- Praça Horácio Sabino (São Paulo, Brazil)


  • Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes (Charleville-Mézières, France)

  • Festival Chalon dans La Rue (Chalon sur Saône, France)

  • Festival Zurcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, Switzerland)

  • Festival Floating Castle (Grad Sneznik, Slovenia)

  • Lijublijana e Koper (Slovenia)

  • Festival Verolani (Veroli, Italy)

  • Piazza Castelo (Turin, Italy)

  • Piazza San Francesco (Arezzo, Italy)

  • Golfo Aranci, Palau e Santa Teresa (Sardegna Island, Italy)

  • Parc Ciutadella (Barcelona, Spain)

  • 8th Paraguai Circus Convention (Mingaguazu, Paraguay)

  • Cabaret Clowns Without Borders Brazil (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Eu Riso Festival – International Clowns Meeting (Fernandópolis, Brazil)

  • Sesc Interlagos (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Sesc São Jose dos Campos (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Sesc Parque Dom Pedro II (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Sesc Carmo (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Cultural Circuit (several cities, São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Female penitentiary Butantã (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Street Performances - summer season (Ubatuba, Brazil)


  • Sérgio Cardoso Theater (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Bixiga´s Circus Festival (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Cabaret Insólito (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Cabaret Insólito (Sesc Campinas, Brazil)

  • Art in the Street - Globo Television (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Performances with Clowns Without Borders and Cia Cromossomos in fisherman´s villages along "Rio Doce" (Espírito Santo, Brazil)

  • Witches Night Circus- Circo no Beco (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Rose Circus (São Paulo, Brazil)

  • Street Performances - Paulista Avenue (São Paulo, Brazil)


  • Puppet Festival Titirifuente (Fuenlabrada, Spain)

  • La Mercè Festival (Barcelona, Spain)

  • Performances in saharan refugees camps with Clowns Without Borders and Cia Cromossomos (Algeria, Africa)