" I found pain in the light, and beauty in darkness. "


The Netherlands

Duda Paiva Company

17 05 2019, 8:00 pm.
Klaipėda drama theatre, Main stage


Concept Duda Paiva, Nancy Black
Direction Nancy Black
Choreography Duda Paiva
Performer Duda Paiva
Music/sound design Wilco Alkema
Light design Mark Verhoef
Puppets Evandro Serodio, Duda Paiva
Yoruba teacher/theatre anthropologist Patrick Oliveira
Dramaturgical advice Nienke Rooijakkers
Costumes decor Machtelt Halewijn
Costume Duda Paiva, 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

Duration 60 mins

01 /In this solo work Duda Paiva draws 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 intime theatrical tapestry of dance, puppetry adaptations of Yoruba songs from a unique Afro-Brazilian subculture, and driving forces of sound and light.

02 /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.

/Duda Paiva Company has been teaching The Object Score workshop dedicated for dancers, performers and theatre makers. They have already taught at the Uqam-Montreal [CA], VCA -Melbourne [AUS], Esnam [FR], SESC- Sao Paulo – Rio de Janeiro [BR], Bialystok Akademy [PL], Sofia University (BG), as well as art schools in the Netherlands.

/The Object Score is based on the research of the cross-over between puppets and dance. The workshop challenges to develop short choreographic motives based on the technique that the performer has to dance with two ‘bodies’, his own and that of the puppet. By exploring this technique they discover the challenges and possibilities the movement of the dancer and the puppet are offering. In this space the performer is learning to create emotional lines between him/her and the puppet and imagination and creativity get another dimension.