With Bacchae – prelude to a purge, Marlene Monteiro Freitas creates a polyphonic stage experience, drawing inspiration from the texts of Euripides and combining them with grotesque, fantastical carnival- like elements to a monstrous and joyous piece.
In Euripides, delirium, irrationality, hysteria, and madness are traversed, from illusion to blindness and from blindness to revelation. Ferocity and the desire for peace, savagery and the aspiration for a simple and peaceful life are articulated. The clash of opposing forces, dismembered bodies, and the testing of faith and beliefs create a world filled with ambiguity and miracles. Through music, dance, and mystery, Bacchae – prelude to a purge leads us as funambulists over the wire of intensity, in combat of appearances and dissimulations, polarized between the realms of Apollo and Dionysus.
Marlene Monteiro Freitas (Cape Verde, 1979), studied dance at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), at ESD and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon). She worked with choreographers such as Loïc Touzé, Emmanuelle Huynh, Tânia Carvalho and Boris Charmatz.
Among others, her creations include RI-TE (2022; with Israel Galván), ÔSS (2022; for Dançando com a Diferença), the performance Idiota and the exibition X AND (2022; around the painting of Alex Silva), Pierrot Lunaire (2021; with Klangforum Wien and Ingo Metzmacher), Mal-Embriaguez Divina (2020), the installation Cattivo (2019), Canine Jaunâtre 3 (2018; for Batsheva), Bacchae-Prelude to a Purge (2017), Jaguar (2015), Of Ivory and Flesh-Statues also suffer (2014), Paradise-Private collection (2012), (M)imosa (2011; with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea), Guintche (2010), A Seriedade do Animal (2009), Uns e Outros (2008), A Improbabilidade da Certeza (2006), Larvar (2006), Primeira Impressão (2005).
The common denominator of these works is openness, hybridism, impurity and intensity. In 2015, in Lisbon, she co-founded, P.OR.K, the structure that since then has been producing her work. In 2017, Jaguar was awarded the SPA prize for choreography and the Cape Verde government distinguished her cultural achievements. In 2018, she was awarded a Silver Lion by the Venice Biennale, in 2020, Bacchae was awarded the Prize for the Best International Performance by Les Prémis de la Critica d’Arts Escèniques of Barcelona, in 2022 she was awarded the Chanel Next Prize and the Evens Arts Prize. Since 2020, she co-curates the project (un)common ground, on the artistic and cultural inscription of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Stoa, Turunlinnantie 1, 00900 Helsinki
Soup Talk 03.11. klo 12
17,50 € / 33,50 €
Duration: 2 hours
Please note: During the performance the birth of a child is shown on video. The performance contains loud sounds and flashing lights.
Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas
With: Andreas Merk, Cláudio Silva, Flora Détraz, Gonçalo Marques, Henri “Cookie” Lesguillier, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Johannes Krieger, Lander Patrick, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Micael Pereira, Miguel Filipe, Tomás Moital, Yaw Tembe
Light and Space: Yannick Fouassier
Sound: Tiago Cerqueira
Stage manager: André Calado
Stools: João Francisco Figueira, Luís Miguel Figueira
Research: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, João Francisco Figueira
Production: P.OR.K (Soraia Gonçalves, Carolina Goulart-Lisbon, PT) Distribution: Key Performance (Stockholm, SE)
Co-production: TNDMII (Lisbon, PT); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE), steirischerherbst festival (Graz, AT) & Alkantara (Lisbon, PT) with the support of the NXTSTP-Culture Programme of the European Union; Norrlands Operan (Umeå, SE); Festival Montpellier Danse 2017 (Montpellier, FR); Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy (Annecy, FR) & La Bâtie-Festival (Geneva, CH) in the framework of FEDER-programme Interreg France-Suisse 2014-2020; Teatro Municipal (Porto, PT); Le Cuvier–Centre de Développement Chorégraphique (Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FR); HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, DE); International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg, DE); Athens and Epidaurus Festival (Athens, GR); Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich, DE), Kurtheater Baden (Baden, CH); SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht, NL); Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zürich, CH); Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil–centredramatique national (Montreuil, FR); Les Spectacles Vivants / Centre Pompidou(Paris, FR)
Residency support: Polo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista (Lisbon, PT); O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo, PT); Montpellier Danseà l ́Agora, cité internationale de ladanse; ICI-centre chorégraphique national Montpellier- Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée / Direction Christian Rizzo-dans le cadre du programme derésidencePar/ ICI (Montpellier, FR)
Acknowledgements: Cristina Neves; Alain Micas; Bruno Coelho; Christophe Jullian; Louis Le Risbé; Manu Protopopoff; ACCCA–Companhia Clara Andermatt (Lisbon, PT); ESMAE (Lisbon, PT); ESTC (Lisbon, PT)
Photo: Laurent Philippe
Visit in collaboration: Stoa
Visit supported by: Portuguese Embassy, the Government of Flanders, Institut Français Finlande
This performance is part of the Focus on Flanders within Moving in November.