Founded in 2000, Marionet is a theater company based in Coimbra, Portugal, with continuous work in the interlacement of performing arts and science. It develops original artistic creations based on scientific themes, conducts research in the field of the performing arts – science intersection, promotes collaborative artistic works with scientists, participates in advanced training projects in scientific research centers and is involved in participatory science projects.

In 2010, Marionet was selected for a seven months residency at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra, within the scope of the DGArtes Residency Network Program and Agência Ciência Viva. Since then, the company has collaborated with this research center in activities to promote science, in its advanced training program in experimental biology and biomedicine in the area of science communication, as well as in various artistic projects.

In 2012 it started a Documentation Center for Performing Arts and Science, a repository of plays and essays on the intersection between these two areas of knowledge. In 2015 the company’s activity was financed by the American scientist and writer Carl Djerassi. Also noteworthy, between 2009 and 2016, the participation in the European Night of Researchers, in partnership with the Science Museum of the University of Coimbra, with the collaborative creation of plays with scientists.

Since its foundation, Marionet has been financed by the Municipality of Coimbra, and established collaborations with several arts and sciences entities. Presently it is funded by Direção-Geral das Artes under the Sustained Support Program for professional artistic activity.



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-> ‘A Escola da Noite’ talks about us, concerning the premiere of EGO | 04/17/2015

-> ESEC TV report about “A Night of Emotions” | 10/30/2014

-> Manuel Portela writes about our artistic options in “MIM” and “NanoT” | 11/2012

-> About an article of Mário Montenegro, the company’s artistic director, in Sinais de Cena theatre magazine | 02/2012

-> The choices of Carlos Fiolhais – review of Cálculo | 01/2012

-> The choices of Carlos Fiolhais – review of Sr. de Chimpanzé | 03/2011

-> Article from Manuel Portela analyzing our play “The Doors of Perception” | Rua Larga Magazine nº19

-> Article from Carlos Fiolhais about science on stage, where he mentions our work in the field | 03/2007

-> Article from Carlota Simões about Theatre and Science, where she mentions our plays Revolution of the Celestial Bodies and The Nose | Gazeta de Matemática, Jul.2003