Venue and date:
Budapest Puppet Theatre – Main Stage
2023. 05. 11., 19:00
Duda Paiva Company, Netherlands
Duda Paiva. Fotó: Conni Trommlitz
Puppet theatre

Bruce Marie

Venue and date:
Budapest Puppet Theatre – Main Stage
2023. 05. 11., 19:00
Duda Paiva Company, Netherlands
Duda Paiva
Duda Paiva, Neville Tranter
Duda Paiva
Stage and costume designer: 
Tessa Verbei
Kim Kooiman
Flip Noorman, Wilco Alkema
Director's assistant: 
Josje Eijkenboom
Lightning design: 
Mark Verhoef
Daniel Patijn
Marijana Mikolcic
Mirte Droogers
Special thanks to: 
Tjeerd Posthum és Atty Kingma

What if a chip existed that allows people to transcend all physical limitations of the body? Then you have to be lucky enough to get it. In front of the laboratory where everything happens the mass is crowding to belong to the 0,00000001 percent that is first in line. Inside the building is Bruce, a split personality, a dragqueen of age, a man with a body that doesn’t want anymore, but: somewhat closer to the chip than the rest. The laboratory is a delicate balance, that Bruce irrevocably disrupts with his presence. What if you could dispose yourself of all your bodily limitations with a small digital procedure? Would you still be human?

In his new solo, Duda Paiva dives into transhumanism, which does not strive for an eternal life, but for an unrestricted life. Bruce Marie is based on an unstoppable reality. A performance about deterioration and vulnerability in times that everything seems influenceable, if you have enough means. In this comedy with sharp dialogues, great songs and bold choreographies between performer and puppets, Paiva shows all facets of his unparalleled talent.
Duda Paiva knows how to make his foam sculptures come to life with his unique manipulation technique the Object Score. His multidisciplinary puppetry is virtuoso and humorous, but also critical. With his dance partners, cut from flexible foam, Paiva builds elusive and magical worlds.

Duda Paiva
Runtime: 65 min
Acts: 1
Age limit: 16 years
The Director
Duda Paiva. Fotó: Conni Trommlitz

We are Duda Paiva Company:

Duda Paiva artistic direction, Kim Kooiman dramaturgy, Ilija Surla rehearsal director/performer, Josse Vessies performer/new maker, Tim Velraeds performer/maker, Cat Smits performer/maker, Alexander Brouwer performer, André Mello puppets, Wilco Alkema composition/soundscape/video, Mark Verhoef light, Daniel Patijn technic, Ederson Xavier rehearsal director/video, Mirte Droogers publiciteit & marketing, Marijana Mikolcic production, Prisca Maas business. 

The board: Ancella Anssems chairwoman, Mirjam Barendregt treasurer, Leo Spreksel secretary.

Bookings in The Netherlands and Belgium: Mirjam Nebbeling / Frontaal Theaterbureau.

Together we are the face of Duda Paiva Company; not only in productions, but also during tours and overarching activities.

Duda Paiva Company creates performances with dance and puppets. Associative, narrative performances – usually without text – that are performed in theaters, at festivals, indoor and outdoor locations, in the Netherlands and internationally. Performances in which people of different backgrounds, ages and preferences can identify themselves.

Our home city is Amersfoort. We develop our projects in the Laswerkplaats and we present our first try-outs in that space. In the city we work together with cultural organizations and artists.

In the Netherlands but also internationally, it is our ambition to work with dance and puppets in a comprehensive way; as a fully-fledged, theatrical instrument, transcending discipline, not bound by borders or fitting within boxes. Every year our productions cross the border, into the world, on their way to encounters with an as yet unknown audience and unknown makers. For example, with the production ‘Blind’ we managed to make a trip from Melbourne to Wuzhen, from New York to Tokyo.

#poetic #dynamic #brutal #groundbreaking

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