For a long time, Evil was personified by the Devil – or Anti-Christ, Satan, Leviathan, Lucifer – but also symbolized by the Witch, Sorcerer, Woman, Animal, Hybrid, Mutant and many others. We find it in the Bible, at the centre of literary and artistic creations and in social and moral discourses. In due course, Evil extended to the ideas of social injustice, violence, sickness, capitalism, the atomic bomb, pollution. The Evil of Marlene Freitas is put on a tribune, where a chorus – in a tonality that preannounces melancholia – is assaulted by visions.
Marlene Monteiro Freitas has gained international recognition with her virtuoso and expressive choreographies. Considered among the most original and influential voices in modern-day choreography, she has presented her creations at the world’s most prestigious festivals and theatres, from New York to Seoul and from Montreal to Lisbon. In 2018, she was awarded the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale.
Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Francisco Rôlo, Henri “Cookie” Lesgullier, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Joãozinho da Costa, Mariana Tembe, Miguel Filipe
LIGHT DESIGN AND SOUND
Marlene Monteiro Freitas, João Francisco Figueira
P.OR.K (Bruna Antonelli, Sandra Azevedo, Soraia Gonçalves - Lisboa), Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich)
Key Performance (Stockholm)
Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020 and Pôle européen de création – Ministère de la Culture/Maison de la Danse en soutien à la Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelas), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), NEXT Festival, Ruhrtriennale (Bochum), TANDEM Scène nationale, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Theater Freiburg (Freiburg), Wiener Festwochen (Viena), Culturgest
P.O.R.K. is a project supported by the Ministry of Culture / Directorate-General for the Arts
Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, following ACT — Art, Climate, Transition project
Biografia 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).