(c) Laurent Philippe

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

(Portugal/Kap Verde)

Bacantes – Prelúdio para uma purga

Mousonturm Saal


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)