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Mal – Embriaguez Divina

    27/05  | 20:15 - 21:45
    28/05  | 20:15 - 21:45
    29/05  | 20:15 - 21:45
    30/05  | 20:15 - 21:45

€20 / €16
±1h30

Scattered movements, percussions, deformed faces and fast pace: Marlene Monteiro Freitas’ dance is a world of metamorphosis and overdetermination, that overwhelms the viewer with an incredible force, and yet is able each time to dig into the deep intimacy of human nature. With her new choreography, Mal – Embriaguez Divina, she constructs an intensive performance, to give body to human fascination for the evil and the unease. The Mal, has long been personified by the Devil, also found in different traditions as Antichrist, Satan, Leviathan, Lucifer, as well as Witch, Wizard, Women, Animal, Hybrid, Mutant and so on. Monteiro Freitas’ Mal starts from there to take place on a tribune, where a group, in the form of a choir, remains under the influence of haunting visions, toxic testimonies, bacterial impressions, rotten facts. They see as much as they are surveyed. It is a choreography where the Mal itself might move among its references, between the religious, moral, ethical, political and judiciary discourse. After her worldwide success with Bacchantes, Marlene Monteiro Freitas returns to Brussels – and to its bigger stage in Théâtre National – with a unique choreographic work full of overflowing energy.

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas
With: Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Jelena Kuljic, Majd Feddah,
Mariana Tembe, Miguel Filipe, Samouil Stoyanov and Walter Hess
Assistance: Lander Patrick
Light and Space: Yannick Fouassier
Support Space creation: Miguel Figueira
Stage manager: André Calado
Research: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, João Francisco Figueira
Dramaturgy: Martin Valdés-Stauber
Production: P.OR.K and Münchner Kammerspiele
Distribution: Key Performance  

Coproduction: Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020 and Pôle européen de création —
Ministry of Culture / Maison de la Dance in support of the Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020, Culturgest, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, NEXT festival, Ruhrtriennale, TANDEM Scène nationale, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Theater Freiburg, Wiener Festwochen, HAU Hebbel am Ufer

Performances in Brussels supported by the Embassy of Portugal in Brussels and
Camões-Institute for Cooperation and Language

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Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Marlene Monteiro Freitas (Cape Verde, 1979) studied dance at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, in Lisbon at the Escola Superior de Dança and at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. In her native country, Cape Verde, she co-founded the dance group Compass and collaborates with musician Vasco Martins. She worked with Emmanuelle Huynh, Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Boris Charmatz, among others. Her creations include: Bacchae - Prelude to a Purge (2017), Jaguar (2015), with Andreas Merk, of ivory and flesh - statues also suffer (2014), Paradise - private collection (2012-13), (M)imosa, co-created with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea (2011), Guintche (2010), A Seriedade do Animal (2009-10), Uns e Outros (2008), A Improbabilidade da Certeza (2006),  Larvar (2006), Primeira Impressão (2005). The common denominator of these works 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. In 2018 created the piece Canine Jaunâtre 3 for Batsheva Dance Company. Still in 2018 La Biennale di Venezia has awarded MMF with the Silver Lion for Dance. She has an ongoing collaboration with O Espaço do Tempo (PT). She is the co-founder of P.OR.K, her production structure in Lisbon (PT).

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