Marlene Monteiro Freitas is widely regarded as one of the greatest talents of the international dance scene. Her vibrant work is full of expressive imagery and numerous cultural-historical references. The Cape Verdean choreographer, who lives in Lisbon, combines technical precision with boundless creativity. What myth could suit her better than The Bacchae, the ancient tragedy by Euripides in which intoxication, madness and loss of control meet Apollonian clarity? Freitas, who has already been a guest at the Wiener Festwochen twice before, brings the age-old cathartic effect of theatre and the purifying power of excess to the big stage in her energetic work Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge. 13 performers and musicians form a live orchestra, making their instruments dance, rage and scream. This is a grotesque, disturbing journey into the depths of the human psyche. But it is thanks to the exceptional talent of Freitas that this journey is fun, inspiring and invigorating. She shows a breathtaking world coming apart at the seams, but also the hope of salvation and insight within it.
- Artistic Team
Choreography 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, Stage Yannick Fouassier Sound Tiago Cerqueira Stools João Francisco Figueira, Luís Miguel Figueira Research Marlene Monteiro Freitas, João Francisco Figueira Producer Bruna Antonelli, Sandra Azevedo
Production P.OR.K (Lissabon) Co-production Teatro Nacional D.Maria II (Lissabon) Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), steirischer herbst, Alkantara (Lisbon) with the support of NXTSTP - Culture Programme of the European Union, NorrlandsOperan (Umeå), Festival Montpellier Danse 2017, Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, La Bâtie-Festival de Genève (in the framework of FEDER - programme Interreg France-Suisse 2014-2020), Teatro Municipal do Porto, Le Cuvier – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique (Nouvelle-Aquitaine), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel (Hamburg), Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Münchner Kammerspiele, Kurtheater Baden, SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil – centre dramatique national, Les Spectacles Vivants / Centre Pompidou (Paris) Distribution Key Performance (Stockholm) Residency supportO Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), Montpellier Danse à l´Agora, cité internationale de la danse , ICI - centre chorégraphique national Montpellier - Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée / Direction Christian Rizzo
Premiere April 2017, Teatro Nacional D.Maria II (Lissabon)
Marlene Monteiro Freitas is a dancer and choreographer, born in 1979 at Cape Verde. She studied dance at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, in Lisbon at the Escola Superior de Dança and at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. She worked with Emmanuelle Huynh, Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Boris Charmatz, among others. The common denominator of her own work is openness, impurity and intensity. In 2017 Portuguese Society of Authors (SPA), awarded Jaguar the prize for the best choreography and in the same year she was distinguished by the government of Cape Verde for her cultural achievement. Still in 2018 La Biennale di Venezia has awarded Marlene Monteiro Freitas with the Silver Lion for Dance. Her solo Guintche and the group piece de marfim e carne were presented at the Wiener Festwochen in 2014 and 2016.
- Press reviews
„…gehört in seiner Anlage und überwältigenden Umsetzung auf der Bühne zu den brillantesten Werken der Gegenwartschoreografie.” Helmut Ploebst (Standard)
„Tolldreistes, bilderreiches Tanz- und Musiktheater...” Norbert Mayer (Presse)