The Fairy Queen | coproduction with Nederlands Blazers Ensemble
In January 2018, Duda Paiva Company performed in coöperation with the Nederlands Blazers Ensemble (NBE): more than twenty musicians who are driven by joint enthusiasm and an urge for adventure. The performance is Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. An intriguing collaboration in which the NBE plays Purcell’s compelling music (like the famous ‘O, Let Me Weep’) and in which Duda Paiva Company creates an absurd, comical and sometimes sinister universe. A representation of true and unrighteous love, passion, sorrow and worship.
Concept: Bart Schneemann and Duda Paiva
Music: Henri Purcell
Music editing: Willem van Merwijk
Direction: Duda Paiva
Dramaturgy: Kim Kooiman
Singers and performers: Francesca Lanza, Augusto Valença, Ilija Surla and Alexander Brouwer
Soundscape: Wilco Alkema
Lights: Mark Verhoef
Decor: Daniel Patijn
Costumes: Sally Pittman and Hennie Arensman
Puppets: André Mello and Duda Paiva
Assistant direction: Domokos Kovács
Repetitor: Ederson Xavier
Production: Marijana Mikolcic
de Volkskrant ★★★★
"The amazing thing about the performance is first and foremost in the contribution of puppeteers. Not only do they play fantastic antics (...) with more than man-sized puppets, but they also perform complete dances and they can actually sing more than decently. Especially Francesca Lanza, who plays Titania, the fairy queen from the title, is a feast for the ears. "
"It is a performance to enjoy. Like the puppets, it is absolutely credible. The performance has all sorts of ingenious finds and hilarious jokes that move and confront. Purcell's music is honored, also by the puppeteers. It is very well done, to sing so nice and at the same time to breathe life into the puppets by using complex movements."