The Portuguese glove puppets are called “Robertos”, and in the Portuguese region of Beira Baixa, before the beginning of a performance, the puppeteer beat the drum while a street performer started an act using a carpet on the floor: the purpose of this was to draw the audience to the performance. As soon as the audience had enough people, the performance would start. The name “Trulé” is a regional name for “Robertos” that has its origins in the sound produced by the drum’s beats.

In 1975, Manuel Costa Dias has started a research project on animated forms and called it TRULÉ. This is a professional project whose main aim is to promote the puppets, both through research and experiments and using either performances or workshops. In 1986, everything was set to put the TRULÉ project into practise, and the city of Évora was chosen for its cosiness and intimacy, which are ideal for communication and for shows.

The TRULÉ project had its first show in 1987, in Évora’s International Puppet Festival. Since then, there have been more than a thousand shows in Portugal, in more than 191 different places. There were also many shows in the rest of the world and in the last 15 years, Manuel Costa Dias has participated in more than 65 international festivals held in several continents: Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas; there were countless shows in Portugal, Spain and the Canary Islands, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Turkey, Pakistan, Mexico, Cuba, Iran, China and Macau, Belgium, Romania, Brazil, Serbia, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan.


In 2004, he was awarded the silver Medal for Merit by the Évora Town Hall.
The TRULÉ project was honoured with the prize of cultural enhancement in the 1st edition of ÉVORAINOVA – Prizes for Innovation (2007)


See here Manuel Dias Curriculum Vitae