Chilean puppetry company. La Troppa was founded in 1987 in Santiago by Laura Pizarro, Jaime Lorca and Juan Carlos Zagal. After their training in acting from the Escuela de Teatro at the Universidad Católica de Chile, the three artists created their troupe and were soon well known in Chilean puppetry circles.
Their most well-received creations include: Pinocchio (1991), a show presented in 1991 before the Instituto Cultural de la Municipalidad de Las Condes (Municipality of Las Condes Cultural Institute), with the sponsorship of the Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana (ICI, Iberian-American Institute of Cooperation); Viaje al Centro de la Terra (Journey to the Centre of the Earth, 1995), a work performed at the Teatro de la Universidad Católica de Chile in 1995; and Gemelos (Twins, 1999), which premiered at the Teatro Casa Amarilla, an annex of the Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho (Mapocho Station Cultural Centre).
La Troppa has made a number of tours in the United States and Europe. The company is characterized by its mix of theatre actors, puppets and objects, and mastery of corporal expression. It integrates circus techniques (clown and acrobat numbers) and always shows great skill and sustained rhythm, as is evident in the music compositions that are interpreted by its members.