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Martim Pedroso & Marlyn Ortiz

5, 6, 7, 8 and One

Martim Pedroso & Marlyn Ortiz

5, 6, 7, 8 and One

Marlyn Ortiz spent her childhood in Puerto  Rico and emigrated at a young age to New York, where she began dancing in a backyard in the Bronx. By the 1990s, she was already a well-known presence in New York clubs, from whence she leapt into the world’s biggest stages, dancing in music videos and tours for Madonna, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Black Eyes Peas and Usher. At the same time, she performed in Broadway musicals and created shows with her own company, Bon Bon Burlesque. Over the last seven years, she has been Madonna’s personal trainer. 

The idea behind 5, 6, 7, 8 and One appeared in 2017, when Marlyn and Martim met in an outdoor café in the centre of Lisbon, and not even a global pandemic could prevent this project from materialising. With borders closed, between zoom meetings, WhatsApp messages and late-night phone calls, the script gradually took shape. They both like to look at this project as a celebration on the basis of “it takes two to tango”, but in truth it is nothing more than a casual meeting between two artists belonging to entirely different worlds. As they count their steps towards their meeting, they gradually come closer to an unexpected revelation.

Casa Forte #10 | Marlyn Ortiz | May 2022
© Josh Brandão.

18 MAY 2022
WED 21:00

19 MAY 2022
THU 21:00

20 MAY 2022
FRI 21:00

21 MAY 2022
SAT 19:00

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Emílio Rui Vilar Auditorium

Duration 60 min

Sessão para escolas
17 MAI TER 11:00
Sessão gratuita, mediante inscrição prévia 21 761 90 78 ou


Antena 2Rádio Futura

Concept, dramaturgy, script, directed by, autor and director of the movie

Martim Pedroso

Choreography, co-script writer, film participation

Marlyn Ortiz

Consultant, dramaturgical collaboration

Anthony Rodriguez

Choreography assistance

Sérgio Noé Quintela

Image, co-director and edition of the movie

Paulo Berberan

Co-editor and subtitles of the movie

Rita Casaes

On stage

Marianna Diroma, Martim Pedroso, Sérgio Noé Quintela

Special appearances on the film

Dominique Kelley, LaMar Kahlil Lyons, Paul Kirkland, Reina Hidalgo, Reshma
Gajjar, Ruthy Akasia Inchaustestegui, Shannon Beach

Co-translator, costumes

João Telmo

Musical composition, arrangements and sound editing

Carlos Morgado

Scenic space

Nova Companhia

Collaboration scenic space

António MV

Design and light

Francisco Campos, Renato Marinho

Live video and sound

José Silva

Promotional photography

Josh Brandão

Executive producer

Ana Pinto

Production by

Nova Companhia


André Americano

Sponsored by

Besta de Estilo, Lisbon City Council


Porto Municipal Theatre, Culturgest Lisbon

Nova Companhia is an organisation funded by the Government of Portugal / Directorate-General for the Arts

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