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The Brazilian Duda Paiva came to the Netherlands as a dancer in 1996 and worked with such companies and choreographers as RAZ, Rogie & Company, Itzik Galili, Paul Selwyn Norton and Ron Bunzl. He soon displayed an affection and talent for objects and puppetry and decided to combine these forms in his own work.
“Even when I was a dancer, I was always trying to get in contact with the audience, to find a click with them. I’ve worked with all sorts of choreographers, and I’ve always tried to tear down the ‘fourth wall’ between the performer and the audience”
To be able to break through that annoying 'fourth wall’, Duda searched for a new form. He found this new form in foam rubber objects, in the cross over with modern dance.
“These objects come to life through the audience’s imagination. That gives me precisely the sort of intimacy with the audience I was looking for as a dancer.”
It all began with Loot, a performance he made in 1998 for the CaDance festival. The challenge he discovered in this exploration marked his transition from performing dancer to theatre maker. From then on he worked together many times with choreographers such as Mischa van Dullemen, Shintaro Oue, and with theatre maker Ulrike Quade, with whom he created and presented successful productions such as Dead Orange Walk en Two Old Ladies under the name Quade & Paiva. He has his own company since 2004: DUDAPAIVA COMPANY.
Duda Paiva’s art is centered on the intensity of the isolated puppeteer on stage. Paiva developed a dance technique through which a lifeless foam rubber object can transform into a fully-fledged dance partner. He has the ability to create a magical reality that touches audiences all over the world with the extraordinary objects that he cuts himself. The selection of Angel for the Nederlands Dansdagen in October 2005 is evidence that his work has ben noticed within the world of the dance.
“I realize that the significance of an object and the abstraction of the dance are completely different. Yet this is the combination that I wish to give life to, to give air to grow. It is the dance that breaks through the straightforward and romantic aspects of the object. With this, I create and destroy at the same time; I feed surprise and wonderment, I reveal unexpected associations – right before the eyes of the audience.”
In addition to his own productions, Duda Paiva also makes performances in partnership with theatre groups from Eastern Europe, and he regularly gives workshops and master classes.
Bastard! will premiere at the 2011 CaDance festival.