Marlene Monteiro Freitas Bacantes - Prelúdio para uma Purga

© Laurent Philippe
© Laurent Philippe
© Laurent Philippe

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 Her vibrant work is full of expressive imagery and numerous cultural-historical references.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.