Winner of the prestigious Silver Lion for Dance at Venice Biennale 2018, choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas was introduced to the Greek audience with Bacchae: Prelude to a Purge, presented at Athens Festival 2017. A co-production with Athens Festival, Bacchae was met with enthusiasm from critics and spectators alike.
Freitas, whom Biennale has called “one of the greatest talents of her generation,” returns to Athens Festival with one of her earlier works, noted for its surrealism, tension, subtle humour and a sense of the uncanny and the unfamiliar, all those aspects which made Bacchae such a one-of-a-kind experience. of ivory and flesh - statues also suffer is Freitas’ first work for an ensemble of performers and percussionists and is described by the choreographer as “a dance of petrified figures.” The statues/bodies dance, defying the laws of nature which condemn petrified figures to eternal stillness. Influenced by numerous sources, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses and more specifically the myths of Pygmalion and Orpheus to the French film Statues Also Die (1995) by Alain Resnais, Chris Marker, and Ghislain Cloquet, which critically examined African art and colonialism, the choreographer builds a unique universe with surgeon-like precision.
Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Performance: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Lander Patrick, Cookie (percussion), Tomás Moital (percussion), Miguel Filipe (percussion)
Lighting and set design: Yannick Fouassier
Live music: Cookie (percussion)
Editing and sound: Tiago Cerqueira
Research: João Francisco Figueira, Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Distribution: Key Performance
Co-production: O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo (PT); Alkantara Festival, Lisbon (PT); Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Lisbon (PT); Bomba Suicida, Lisbon (with the support of DGArtes, PT); CCN Rillieux-la-pape (FR); Musée de la danse, Rennes (FR); Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR); Festival Montpellier Danse 2014, Montpellier (FR); ARCADI, Paris (FR); CDC Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse (FR); Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Bordeaux (FR); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelas (BE); WP Zimmer, Antwerp (BE); NXTSTP (with the support of the EU Culture Programme)
With the support of: ACCCA - Companhia Clara Andermatt, Lisbon (PT)
Acknowledgements: Staresgrime (PT), Dr. Ephraim Nold
Part of the [DNA] Departures and Arrivals network, funded by Creative Europe Programme/ European Commission.
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