Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge


135 min.

Marlene Freitas fascinates audiences with her language of abundant vitality, her strong imagery and her wealth of references. In her works, characterised by excess and expressivity, heterogeneous, disturbing and funny elements are combined with limitless creativity, like parts of a spectacular machine producing sensations. Her latest work is also her most ambitious: Based on Euripides’ “The Bacchae,” eight dancers and five trumpeters tackle the greek tragedy as a war between the Apollonian and Dionysian. She uses this theme of a battle between order and reason on one side and irrationality and intoxication on the other to develop an existential trip of high visuality that is inspired both by mythological motifs and pop culture. In a contemporary parade of complex figures, she grotesquely elevates scenes from everyday life to create disturbing musical states of ecstasy. Absurd comedy turns into profound tragedy and vice versa.


Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas / With: Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Cookie, Cláudio Silva, Flora Détraz, Gonçalo Marques, Guillaume Gardey de Soos, Johannes Krieger, Lander Patrick, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Miguel Filipe, Tomás Moital, Yaw Tembe / Light and space: Yannick Fouassier / Sound: Tiago Cerqueira / Stools: João Francisco Figueira, Luís Miguel Figueira / Costume assistant: Cristina Neves / Research: João Francisco Figueira, Marlene Monteiro Freitas / Distribution: Key Performance


  • Past
    Fri 13.10.2017, 20:00 / HAU1
    Sat 14.10.2017, 20:30 / HAU1


Production: P.OR.K (Lisbon).

Coproduction: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, TNDMII (Lisbon), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), steirischer herbst (Graz), Alkantara (Lisbon) with the support of NXTSTP - European Union’s Culture Programme, NorrlandsOperan (Umeå), Festival Montpellier Danse 2017, Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy, La Bâtie-Festival de Genève in the frame of FEDER – programme Interreg France-Suisse 2014-2020, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Le Cuvier – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique (Nouvelle-Aquitaine), International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg), Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Münchner Kammerspiele, Kurtheater Baden, SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil – centre dramatique national, Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou (Paris).

Presented in the context of [DNA] Departures and Arrivals with support by the Culture Programme of the European Union.


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