Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Born in 1979 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. Her oeuvre is characterised by unity of openness, heterogeneousness and intensity and includes such productions as e.g. Guintche (Wiener Festwochen 2014), of ivory and flesh – statues also suffer(Wiener Festwochen 2016), Jaguar(2015 – winner of the prize for best choreography of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores) or Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge (Wiener Festwochen 2019). In 2017, she was distinguished by the government of Cape Verde for her cultural achievement. In 2018, she created Canine Jaunâtre 3 for Batsheva Dance Company. Likewise in 2018, the Venice Biennale awarded the Silver Lion award for dance to Marlene Monteiro Freitas.