Sonatinas 4 Feet

Sonatinas 4 Feet | coproduction with Fractal Collective

Sculptures in motion

Duda Paiva Company’s foam dancers dive in the world of photography and urban dance. Together with Fractal Collective, Duda Paiva draws inspiration from Alair Gomes’ work.

Only recently Gomes’ work was discovered by leading art institutions like MoMA in New York and Maisonnette Cartier in Paris. The Brazilian photographer had an extraordinary gift for revealing remarkable details in the chaotic world around him. With his telephoto lens as a weapon and led by desire and curiosity he created perfect sequences of his most important subject: the male body. Gomes did not believe in the unique image, but in sequences: those he could use to create lively and moving sequences. He called the sequences ’Sonatinas’: a ’small sonata’ in musical terms.

Together with Fractal Collective, Duda Paiva Company brings a combination of magical foam puppets and acrobatic urban dance for young male bodies and moving sculptures. With photographic elements like focus, perspective and rhythm as a basis. 



Concept: Duda Paiva and Fractal Collective
Direction: Duda Paiva
Choreography: Zino Ainsley Schat
Dance: Zino Ainsley Schat and Conni Trommlitz
Dramaturgy: Kim Kooiman
Light: Mark Verhoef
Music: Wilco Alkema and Zino Ainsley Schat
Puppets: Duda Paiva Atelier
Decor: Ascon de Nijs
Costumes: Atty Kingma
Direction assistent: Josje Eijkenboom
Repetitor: Ilija Surla
Technical production: Daniel Patijn
Advising photography curator: Eder Chiodetto

‘Sonatinas 4 Feet’ has been made possible by the Performing Arts Fund NL, Municipality of Amersfoort and Fonds21. With special thanks to Ateliê Fotô, Paul Struijk, Robert Villedieu, CaDance Festival, Korzo and De Lieve Vrouw!


Date City Venue
Thu 28/01/21 Den Haag CaDance Festival

livestream première


Thu 11/02/21 De Meern Podium Hoge Woerd



Fri 19/02/21 Leiden Ins Blau


Thu 04/03/21 Haarlem Toneelschuur
Fri 05/03/21 Amersfoort De Lieve Vrouw
Sat 06/03/21 Amersfoort De Lieve Vrouw
Fri 12/03/21 Amsterdam CC Amstel
Tue 23/03/21 Amsterdam Theater Bellevue


Wed 24/03/21 Amsterdam Theater Bellevue


Thu 15/04/21 Drachten Schouwburg De Lawei


Fri 30/04/21 Tilburg Theater De Nieuwe Vorst




Bookings in the Netherlands and Belgium:

International bookings:

Premiere: 2020