Concept & Choreography by Duda Paiva & Nancy Black Directed by Nancy Black
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. 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.
“I found pain in the light, and beauty in darkness.”
Concept by Duda Paiva & Nancy Black Directed by Nancy Black Choreography and Puppets by Duda Paiva Composition by Wilco Alkema Lighting by Mark Verhoef Dramaturgical Advice by Nienke Rooijakkers Costumes in Decor by Machtelt Halewijn Costumes for Performers by Atty Kingma Decor by Daniel Patijn
"Paiva dances alone and with his puppets, and he dances to let his puppets live...It’s as delightful as it is heartbreaking, and too beautiful to define.” - The Age, Melbourne
“Blind is a sophisticated, imaginative, rich and penetrating piece.” - The Australian, Melbourne
"Blind is a work about healing on a deep shamanistic level that allows one to tap into the inner child’s sense of curiosity and, leaves one feeling elevated and joyful.” - Stage Whispers
About the Artists
Duda Paiva Company and Black Hole Theater create physical and visual performances at the crossroads of dance, puppetry and multimedia. With his dance partners, carved from flexible foam, Duda Paiva creates unique, elusive, magical, sometimes painful worlds, always touched by a sense of humor. They present productons in theatres, at festivals, inside or outside, all over the world for audiences of all ages.
Originally co-produced by Duda Paiva Company [NL], Black Hole Theatre [AUS], Nordland Visual Theatre [NO], Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes [FR], The project was made possible through financial support from the Performing Arts Fund NL.
The 8th La MaMa Puppet Festival Fall 2018 has been made possible with support from Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Jim Henson Foundation, Puppet Slam Network, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and public support by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Cultural on the Arts. Additional support from Cheryl Henson is gratefully acknowledged.