A Black Hole Theatre & Duda Paiva Company Collaboration

Festival of Live Art – Theatre Works

March 08-19

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“I found pain in the light and solace in the dark.”

Directed by Black Hole Theatre’s Artistic Director, Nancy Black, BLIND is a funny, moving and fierce new work often interacting with audience on stage. This new solo work springs from Duda’s experiences as a child in Brazil. Suffering an undiagnosed debilitating illness that rendered him temporarily blind, his search for healing led to surprising discoveries.

With a unique blend of dance and puppetry, using the power of sound and light, he transforms his experience into a metaphor of disease, disability and isolation from society.

As Artiste Invité at the  2015 World Puppetry Festival, BLIND was developed as a co-production by Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes (FR), Black Hole Theatre (AUS), Nordland Visual Theatre (NO), Korzo (NL).

★★★★★ ‘Duda Paiva captures the audience….with bated breath the audience follows the gestures of this genius puppeteer … he lets his foam puppets dance, sing and lets them fight to the death … the magic reigns’

– l’Ardennais – Charleville-Mézières, France


★★★★ ‘In BLIND Duda Paiva dances with his demons, and with his dance adds an extra layer to the puppetry… strongly choreographed and directed….supported by soundscape and decor… beautiful puppets from the grotesquely real to almost abstract. Sometimes  they remind you of the portraits of Marlene Dumas, giving just enough information and enough space to let your imagination work. Dumas and Paiva, what a beautiful art couple that would be.’

‘It is not an easy universe, the world of Duda Paiva, but a fascinating one.’

– Theaterkrant – Amsterdam, NL


‘I was reminded of the ugliness / beauty, good / evil, lumpy / flat dichotomies we try to negotiate on a daily basis. There is peace of mind in knowing the only thing to do is to hold them tight in an awkward embrace as we blindly dance through life.’

-Underground The Hague


Concept Duda Paiva, Nancy Black
Director Nancy Black
Performer Duda Paiva or Mart Muürisepp or Ilija Surla
Sound Wilco Alkema
Lighting Mark Verhoef
Dramaturg Nienke Rooijakkers
Set Decoration Machtelt Halewijn
Duda Paiva’s Costume Atty Kingma
Set Designer Daniel Patijn
ProductionManager Marijana Mikolcic
Producer Laswerk /DudaPaiva Company

(C) Cees de Vries Fotografie 2015

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