Bestiaires is a multidisciplinary project made in 2012/13 in the Netherlands, Norway and Slovenia. As you may expect from the productions of Duda Paiva, Bestiaires also has that special blend of modern dance and foam puppets, in which humor and magic are dragging you to a magical and visual world. This time Duda Paiva is blowing a new wind into mythological figures and presenting an image of our time.



Concept and direction: Duda Paiva
Dramaturgy: Jaka Ivanc
Dance NL: Ilija Surla, Esther Natzijl, Mart Müürisepp
Dance NO: Vilde Halle Ekeland, Anette Martinsen, Iztok Lužar, Jim Barnard
Sound: Erikk Mckenzie
Video: Wilco Alkema, Mark Verhoef
Light: Kai Roger Havn, Mark Verhoef
Puppets: Duda Paiva, Jim Barnard, Jože Laśič, Kari Noreger
Production: Marijana Mikolcic

Financially supported by Riksteatret / Kilden Teater NO, Lutkovno gledališče Ljubljana, SI.
Made financially possible by Dutch Performing Arts Fund, Ministry of Culture Norway, Ministry of Culture Slovenia, Dutch Ambassy Oslo.

2013 International festival Tallin Treff EE
2013 Main prize of the festival Spectaculo Interesse 2013, Ostrava CZ


Reactions from the press

Utdanningsnytt NO

"Humor, beauty, quality and original."

Teateranmeldesen NO

"Although this show was performed by a dance company and it’s premiere in Dansens Hus, the national Scene for Dance in Oslo, I believe many puppeteers felt a sense of pride at seeing puppet theatre introduced to the big stage in such an attractive manner and secretly thanking the creators for promoting the art of puppetry. Duda Paiva’s ‘Bestiaires’ also helps to destroy the myth that puppet theatre is only for children it may even help to open to a wider audience as those who originally came to watch a dance performance also found themselves watching and enjoying a puppet theatre play."

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