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Blind

By
Duda Paiva Company

 

★★★★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.’

 

Concept
Duda Paiva, Nancy Black

Direction
Nancy Black

Choreography
Duda Paiva

Performer
Duda Paiva

Music/Sound Design
Wilco Alkema

Lighting Design
Mark Verhoef

Puppets
Evandro Serodio, Duda Paiva

Yoruba Teacher / Theatre Anthropologist
Patrick Oliveira

Dramaturgical Advice
Nienke Rooijakkers

Costumes & Decor
Machtelt Halewijn

Duda Paiva’s Costume
Atty Kingma

Decor Realisation
Daniel Patijn

Production
Marijana Mikolcic

 

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.

Book tickets

Performances:

Tue 30 Nov – Fri 03 Dec 7:30pm

Auditorium

Tickets:

£32, £27 standard
£20 concessions

Age guidance: 16+

Running Time:

Approximately 75 mins

Performances:

Tue 30 Nov – Fri 03 Dec 7:30pm

Auditorium

Tickets:

£32, £27 standard
£20 concessions

Age guidance: 16+

Running Time:

Approximately 75 mins