In this new solo work renowned dancer/puppeteer 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. Often interacting with the audience, it is funny as well as moving. Never didactic, it finds the political through intimacy, woven into a rich theatrical tapestry of dance, puppetry, adaptations of Yoruba songs from a unique Afro-Brazilian subculture, and driving forces of sound and light.
“In Blind Duda Paiva dances with his demons…The man might have been distorted, repulsive – but he is not. When he dances, he looks more like an asymmetrical Hieronymus Bosch…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
Concept Duda Paiva, Nancy Black
Direction Nancy Black
Choreography/puppet coach 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 in decor Machtelt Halewijn
Costume performers Atty Kingma
Decor realisation Daniel Patijn
A coproduction with Black Hole Theatre [AUS], Nordland Visual Theatre [NO], Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes [FR], Korzo Theater [NL] * co financed by Performing Arts Fund NL * with a lot of thanks to Hans C. Boer, Domokos Kovacs, Patrick Oliveira, MapLab Utrecht.