Marlene Monteiro Freitas with Andreas Merk



1:45 hours

Last May, Marlene Monteiro Freitas enthralled the HAU audience with “Of ivory and flesh – statues also suffer”. For her latest work “Jaguar”, developed in collaboration with the dancer Andreas Merk, she was inspired just as much by the carnival festivities of her home country Cape Verde as by the Blauer Reiter, stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann or works by Adolf Wölfli. Dissonant und heterogeneous, the various parts of the evening oscillate between the grotesque and the refined. Hybrid creatures populate the stage, accompanied by music from Schönberg, Stravinsky and David Bowie. Sometimes they dance intimate duets together before suddenly transporting the audience into a strange new world with their bizarre, mechanical movements. Using wild facial expressions and burlesque bodily contortions the choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas has managed to develop a unique aesthetic language, which is as disturbing as it is humorous.


Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, with the collaboration of Andreas Merk / Performance: Marlene Monteiro Freitas und Andreas Merk / Light and Space: Yannick Fouassier / Props: João Francisco Figueira, Miguel Figueira / Sound: Tiago Cerqueira / Research: João Francisco Figueira, Marlene Monteiro Freitas / Distribution: Key Performance (Stockholm, SE) / Special Thanks: Betty Tchomanga, Avelino Chantre


  • Past
    German premiere
    Tue 30.5.2017, 20:00 / HAU2
    Wed 31.5.2017, 20:00 / HAU2
    Thu 1.6.2017, 20:00 / HAU2


Production: P.OR.K (Lisbon, PT).

Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, DE), Zodiak - Center for New Dance (Helsinki, FI), CDC Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées (Toulouse, FR), Alkantara (Lisbon, PT), MDT (Stockholm, SE) in the frame of [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union; Teatro Municipal do Porto Rivoli (Porto, PT); Arsenic (Lausanne, CH); Maria Matos Teatro Municipal (Lisbon, PT); O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-novo, PT); Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR); Espaces Pluriels (PAU, FR); Tandem scène nationale (Douai-Arras, FR); A-CDC [Art Danse - CDC Dijon Bourgogne (FR), La Briqueterie - CDC du Val-de-Marne (FR), Le Cuvier - CDC d'Aquitaine (FR), L’échangeur - CDC Hauts-de-France (FR), Le Gymnase - CDC Roubaix - Nord Pas de Calais (FR), Le Pacifique - CDC Grenoble (FR), CDC Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson (FR), Pôle Sud - CDC Strasbourg (FR), CDC Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées (FR), CDC Uzès danse (FR)].

Residency support: STUK (Leuven, BE); Tanzhaus Zürich (Zurich, CH).

Support: Trafó (Budapest, HU); ACCCA – Companhia Clara Andermatt (Lisbon, PT), Paulo Soares/Peopleware (Lisbon, PT).


Hallesches Ufer 34, 10963 Berlin

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