Martim Pedroso & Marlyn Ortiz

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.

© Josh Brandão.

13 MAY 2022
FRI 21:00

14 MAY 2022
SAT 19:00

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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Main auditorium

Sessão para escolas
17 MAI QUA 11:00
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Concept, dramaturgy, script and directed by

Martim Pedroso

Choreography, co-dramaturg and co-script writer

Marlyn Ortiz


Anthony Rodriguez


João Telmo

Performed by

Marlyn Ortiz and Martim Pedroso

Musical composition, arrangements and sound editing

Carlos Morgado

Scenic space

António MV

Lighting designer

José Álvaro Correia

Costumes, props and make-up

Aaron Henrikson

Hair and dressing room assistant

Nuno Domingues

Live video

Rita Casaes


Josh Brandão

Executive producer

Ana Pinto

Production by

Nova Companhia

Sponsored by

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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