Bacantes – Prelúdio para uma Purga

Halles de Schaerbeek
  • 05/05 | 20:30
  • 06/05 | 18:00
  • 07/05 | 20:30
  • 08/05 | 20:30

€ 18 / € 14
± 2h 30min

One of the greatest discoveries on the international choreographic scene, Marlene Monteiro Freitas fascinates audiences with her language of abundant vitality, her strong imagery and her wealth of references. In her works characterised by excess and expressivity, heterogeneous, disturbing and funny elements are combined with limitless creativity, like parts of a spectacular machine producing sensations. Her latest work, coproduced by the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, is also her most ambitious. Based on Euripides’ The Bacchantes, twelve dancers and musicians tackle the Greek tragedy – for Nietzsche, summoned here, the very illustration of the metaphysical function of art. Marlene Monteiro Freitas’ Bacantes are a war between the Apollonian and Dionysian, reason and intuition, form and dissolution of the form, individuation and self-denial. They also question art, life and art as the affirmation of life.

See also
Beyond the Codes

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

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 & space
Yannick Fouassier

Tiago Cerqueira

João Francisco Figueira, Miguel Figueira

Costume assistance
Cristina Neves

Thanks to
Alain Micas,Bruno Coelho, Christophe Jullian, Louis Le Risbé, Manu Protopopoff,ACCCA – Companhia Clara Andermatt (Lisbon), ESMAE (Lisbon), ESTC (Lisbon)

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Halles de Schaerbeek

P.OR.K (Lisbon)

Key Performance (Stockholm)

Kunstenfestivaldesarts, TNDMII (Lisbon), steirischer herbst festival (Graz), Alkantara (Lisbon), NorrlandsOperan (Umeå), Festival Montpellier Danse 2017, Bonlieu – Scène nationale d’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), International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg), Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Münchner Kammerspiele, Kurtheater Baden, SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich), Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil – centre dramatique national, Les Spectacles Vivants/Centre Pompidou (Paris)

Residency support
O 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 – in the framework of the residency programme Par/ICI

Project co-produced by
NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

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Marlene Monteiro Freitas (b. 1979) was born in Cape Verde where she was co-founder and member of the dance group Compass. She studied at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), at E.S.D. and at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon). She has worked with Emmanuelle Huynn, Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho and Boris Charmatz to name just a few. Her creations include Jaguar (2015) with the collaboration of Andreas Merk, of ivory and flesh – statues also suffer (2014), Paradise – private collection (2012-13), (M)imosa (2011) co-created with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea, Guintche (2010), A Seriedade do Animal (2009-10), Uns e Outros (2008), A Improbabilidade da Certeza (2006), Larvar (2006) and Primeira Impressão (2005). The common denominators in these works are openness, impurity and intensity. She is the co-founder of P.OR.K, a production organisation based in Lisbon.

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