27 — 30.05.2020


Marlene Monteiro Freitas Lisbon

Mal – Embriaguez Divina


Théâtre National

⧖ ±1h30 | €20 / €16

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.

Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project

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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