Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Bacantes – Prelúdio para uma purga
- 22.02.2019, 8 p.m.€ 25 / red. € 12 / € 5 for f.f.m. students members
- 23.02.2019, 8 p.m.€ 25 / red. € 12 / € 5 for f.f.m. students members
Marlene Monteiro Freitas took international stages and audiences by storm with her expressive and vital dance pieces – previously in Frankfurt with „Of Ivory and Flesh“. For her new piece, she assembles eight dancers and five trumpeters for an off-the-wall update of Euripides’ tragedy “The Bacchae”. She uses his theme of a battle between order and reason on one side and irrationality and intoxication on the other to develop an existential trip of high visuality that is inspired both by the carnival in her hometown on Cape Verde and by mythological motifs and pop culture. In a contemporary parade of complex figures, she grotesquely elevates scenes from everyday life to create disturbing musical states of ecstasy. „Bacantes“ thus develops an emotional density that some would call cathartic and that may move us alternately to outburts of laughter and pensive stillness.
Duration: 135 min.
Choreographie: Marlene Monteiro Freitas
With: Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Cookie, Cláudio Silva, Flora Détraz, Gonçalo Marques, Guillaume Gardey de Soos, Johannes Krieger, Lander Patrick, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Miguel Filipe, Tomás Moital, Yaw Tembe
Light and Space: Yannick Fouassier
Sound: Tiago Cerqueira
Stools: João Francisco Figueira, Luís Miguel Figueira
Research: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, João Francisco Figueira
Production: P.OR.K (Lisbon, PT) – Bruna Antonelli, Sandra Azevedo
Distribution: Key Performance (Stockholm, SE)
Co-production|TNDMII (Lisbon, PT); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE), steirischer herbst festival (Graz, AT) & Alkantara (Lisbon, PT) with the support of the NXTSTP- Culture Programme of the European Union; NorrlandsOperan (Umeå, SE); Festival Montpellier Danse 2017 (Montpellier, FR); Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy (Annecy, FR) & La Bâtie-Festival de Genève (Geneva, CH) in the framework of FEDER – programme Interreg France-Suisse 2014-2020; Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto, PT); Le Cuvier – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique (Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FR); HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, DE); International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg, DE); Athens and Epidaurus Festival (Athens, GR); Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich, DE), Kurtheater Baden (Baden, CH); SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht, NL); Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, CH); Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil – centre dramatique national (Montreuil, FR); Les Spectacles Vivants / Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR)
Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Born in Cape Verde, Marlene Monteiro Freitas is a dancer and choreographer. She studied dance in Brussels and Lisbon, followed by collaborations with Emmanuelle Huynh, Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Boris Charmatz, among others. After establishing her first company Compass in Cape Verde, she now works with P.OR.K – co-founded by her – in Lisbon and collaborates with O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo). Her oeuvre is characterised by unity of openness, heterogeneousness and intensity and includes such productions as Primeira Impressão (2005), A Improbabilidade da Certeza and Larvar (2006), Uns e Outros (2008), A Seriedade do Animal (2009), a solo Guintche (2010), (M)imosa (2011, in collaboration with Trajal Harell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea), Paraíso, colecção privada (2012), and de marfim e carne – as estátuas também sofrem (2014), Jaguar (with the collaboration of Andreas Merk), Bacantes – Prelúdio para uma Purga (2017). In 2017, she was distinguished by the government of Cape Verde for her cultural achievement, also in the same year, Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores awards Jaguar the distinction of Best Choreography of the Year. In 2018, she created Canine Jaunâtre 3 for Batsheva Dance Company and was awarded the Silver Lion award for dance at the Venice Biennale. Since 2020 Marlene is also a co-curator of the project (un)common ground, a project that investigates the artistic and territorial inscription of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2020 she also receives the award for Best International Performance by Critica d’Arts Escéniques of Barcelona, for her work Bacantes. In August 2020, MAL – Embriaguez Divina premiered in Kampnagel, Hamburg and in July 2021, her newest creation Pierrot Lunaire with Ingo Metzmacher was presented at the WienerFestwochen. Most recently Marlene was awarded the Chanel Next Prize (2021), which had David Adjaye, Tilda Swinton and Cao Fei as part of the jury. In 2021 she was also awarded the Evens Arts Prize.
„Freitas tanzt, mimt, grimassiert so hinreißend wie hemmungslos und schraubt bestechend intelligente Stücke zusammen.“ – Süddeutsche Zeitung