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Duda Paiva Company
It is with great disappointment that we have had to postpone our production of Duda Paiva Company’s BLIND, due to open on 30 November.
The new testing requirements, brought in by the UK government over the weekend, meant that two out of the four performances would not have been possible, and The Duda Paiva Company decided that in view of this and the current rapidly changing situation in the Netherlands with Covid and travel that they could not continue with the 4 day appearance. “On behalf of my whole team would like to thank you for everything you have done for us! Let’s hope we can put this project back on track in 2022. We are very much motivated to make Blind in London happen.” Duda Paiva The Coronet hopes to bring the production to the UK at the earliest opportunity.
Guests affected by this change will be contacted by email or phone in the coming days by our Box Office, with information on how to request a credit voucher or a refund. If you have not been contacted by 6th December, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our Box Office team will be happy to assist you.
Performances of Poetry Club and The Coronet Theatre Jazz Festival will go ahead as planned.
On behalf of everyone at The Coronet Theatre and Duda Paiva Company we apologise for the disappointment and for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to welcoming you to the theatre in the near future.
★★★★ ‘Blind is a theatre experience that openly hands interpretation to its audience. It’s as delightful as it is heart breaking and too beautiful to define.‘ – Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ ‘In Blind Duda Paiva dances with his demons… and adds an extra dimension to puppetry…powerful choreography and direction…strongly supported by soundscape and decor… beautiful puppets from grotesquely realistic to almost abstract…they remind you of portraits by Marlene Dumas.‘ – Theaterkrant
“I found pain in the light, and beauty in darkness.“
In this solo work Duda Paiva used foam puppets to draw on his childhood, during which he suffered an illness that blistered his body and left him temporarily blind. His surreal path to healing involved both shamanic and western medicine. BLIND transforms this experience into a metaphor about disability, rejection and resolution. It creates an in-time theatrical tapestry of dance, puppetry adaptations of Yoruba songs from a unique Afro-Brazilian subculture, and the driving forces of sound and light.
Originally from Brazil, Paiva also worked and studied in Japan and India, and, now established in Holland, has developed a new language in/style of global puppetry. ‘My work starts with a passion for movement. I believe our body is more than a combination of cells and atoms; they are filled with memories. We are full of stories. They only come out when the body starts to move. In my work I ask myself how, with the help of moving bodies, I can make clear what it means to be human. A puppet is gender/culture/religion/sexual preference-neutral. A quality that makes it possible to discuss taboos in a light-hearted way.’
Duda Paiva, Nancy Black
Evandro Serodio, Duda Paiva
Yoruba Teacher / Theatre Anthropologist
Costumes & Decor
Duda Paiva’s Costume
BLIND is a collaboration of Duda Paiva Company with Black Hole Theatre AUS
Co produced with Nordland Visual Theatre NO, Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes FR, Korzo NL – Co financed by the Performing Arts Fund NL
With thanks to Hans C. Boer, Domokos Kovacs
Duda Paiva Company creates physical and visual performances at the crossroads of dance, puppetry and multimedia. With his dance partners, carved from flexible foam, Duda Paiva builds unique, elusive, magical, sometimes painful worlds, always touched by a sense of humour.