About Duda Paiva Company

Duda Paiva Company makes physical and visual performances with puppets and dance. With his dancing partners, cut from flexible foam, Duda Paiva builds an intangible, magical world, sometimes painfully confronting but always with a sense of humour. Duda Paiva Company plays in theatres, at festivals, on both inside and outside locations, in the Netherlands and abroad. 

The Object Score

Duda Paiva Company is the group around the Brazilian-Dutch dancer and puppeteer Duda Paiva, who developed a recognizable signature as a theatre maker (Object Score). Internationally, the Object Score has not remained unnoticed either. The manipulation technique to breathe life into the puppets (sculptures made of foam) finds its basis in the dance movement. From that essence a choreography between dancer and puppet emerges. 

“By bringing the abstraction of dance and the realism of the object together we create a magical world in which everything is possible and we lift the poetic imagination to a new and unpredictable level.”

“Our performances are magical stories about people, about their dreams, their fears, their search for love. They are about the fight with the world around us and how we find our way in it.”

Duda Paiva Company and the Object Score
© Sander Heezen