They are wonderful creatures, those dolls of Duda Paiva. They have crazy heads, wings and tails, but also arms and legs … are they animals or people? Are they sweet or very mean?
Fortunately, Narcissus has the monsters under control. He shows what they can do: roll over, dance, sing and even fly. But monsters don’t like tricks. That is why they revolt and suddenly the question is who really is the beast. One thing is certain: what you see is not what you get. Everything is always different in this slapstick performance.
Duda Paiva about his youth performances:
“This crossover of dance and puppetry is appealing to children. The world they know from comic books, video games, cartoons is suddenly on stage, making it so close, it almost becomes eerily real. ”
Concept and direction: Duda Paiva
Dramaturgy: Kim Kooiman
Performance: Josse Vessies, Cat Smits and Tim Velraeds or Alexander Brouwer
Popen up: Duda Paiva, Justyna Banasiak, André Mello and Tim Velraeds
Composition: Wilco Alkema
Light: Mark Verhoef
Scenery: Daniel Patijn
Costume: Atty Kingma
Text advice:Harriet Stroet
Repetitor: Ederson Xavier
Production: Marijana Mikolcic
Reactions from the press
Award for Outstanding Performance (Kotor Festival)
"The monsters in this show are a metaphorical expression of our fears, strikingly made of specific materials that shape creatures between humans and animals. These puppets are sometimes charming and loveable, and other times wicked, which builds strained stage relationships, with constant change of attraction and repulsion. The relations between the animators and the puppets are set as particulary challenging. Performers occasionally get out of the roles, flirt with the illusion of representation, but also with the meanings of the monsters, and their game is truly virtuous, between drama, dance and acrobatic expression."