In his own inimitable way, Duda Paiva creates in Bastard! a magical world in which dance and foam dolls tell the story of a confused artist who is looking for a way out of the mess of existence. Bastard! is a free adaptation of the satirical novel L’Arrache-coeur by the French writer and singer Boris Vian.


Concept, choreography and performance: Duda Paiva
Director: Paul Selwyn Norton
Dramaturgy: Jaka Ivanc
Soundscape: Erikk McKenzie
Video: Hans C. Boer and Jaka Ivanc
Lights: Mark Verhoef
Puppets: Duda Paiva and Jim Barnard
Costumes: Javier Murugarren

A co-production with Korzo / CaDance 2011 and Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes Charleville – Mézières FR

2012 Grand Prix of the audience Kontrapunkt Sczcecin PL
2011 Best Performance Treff Fest Tallinn EE


Reactions from the press

Het Parool ★★★★

“With his distinctive humor and charm, Paiva breathes life and inspiration into his creations. This outsider in the dance has to stay!”

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65 minutes


Première: 2011