Marlene Monteiro Freitas Mal – Embriaguez Divina
From overflowing to minimalist, baroque to contemporary, and mythological to pop-inspired, here the deeply contrasting universe of the Cape Verdean artist Marlene Monteiro Freitas is used in an exploration of the diverse manifestations of evil. Whether it be pain, torment, spite, sorrow, or illness, she transfers these forms into her own referential spectrum, and in doing so once again brings us a work of a very complete nature.
Evil – Divine drunkenness. This title fits in perfectly with the audacious work of Marlene Monteiro Freitas, an artist whose innovative productions make liberal use of the grotesque figures of the carnivals she remembers as a child. She constructs her pieces in a unique way and their hybrid nature imbibes them with a gracefulness which is unsettling. In this latest production, she turns to evil in all its different forms, teasing them out in their various dimensions: moral, religious and political. Nine dancers have the task of evoking and embodying them, meanwhile the choreographer organises their graphic or geographic composition with an inventiveness that is as exalted as it is exalting. As opposed to Satan or Lucifer, witches or mutants, what we are presented with here is a grimacing, multi-facetted group that is both tribune and chorus. Set to a frenetic rhythm, it gives body and voice to deathly hallucinations, toxic testimonies, and germ-infested impressions, thereby unveiling a very human fascination for evil, and its many outpourings.
Choreography, Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Assistant, Lander Patrick de Andrade
With Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Francisco Rolo, Henri « Cookie » Lesguillier, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Joãozinho da Costa, Mariana Tembe, Majd Feddah, and Miguel Filipe
Lighting and stage design, Yannick Fouassier
Assistant stage design, Miguel Figueira
Sound, Rui Dâmaso
Research, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, João Francisco Figueira
Dramaturgy, Martin Valdés-Stauber
Costumes, Marisa Escaleira
The Festival d’Automne à Paris is the executive producer for the Paris region tour of this show.
A coproduction by Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou and Festival d’Automne à Paris.
This show is presented in association with Festival d’Automne à Paris, Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou and Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil, centre dramatique national.
A production by P.OR.K (Bruna Antonelli, Sandra Azevedo, Soraia Gonçalves – Lisbon) ; and Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich)
Distribution by Key Performance (Stockholm)
A coproduction by Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020 ; Pôle européen de création – Ministère de la Culture/Maison de la Danse en soutien à la Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020 ; Culturgest – Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos (Lisbon) ; HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) ; Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) ; International Summerfestival Kampnagel (Hamburg) ; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt) ; Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris) ; NEXT Festival (Eurometropolis Lille, Courtai, Tournai and Valenciennes) ; Ruhrtriennale (Bochum) ; TANDEM, scène nationale (Douai-Arras) ; Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto) ; Theater Freiburg (Freiburg) ; Wiener Festwochen ; and Festival d’Automne à Paris
The Festival d’Automne à Paris is the executive producer for the Paris region tour of this show. In association with Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris) ; Festival d’Automne à Paris and Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil, centre dramatique national
With support from CML – Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Dançando com a diferença (Funchal), Fabbrica Europa|PARC – Performing Arts Research Center (Florence), La Gare – Fabrique des arts en mouvement (Le Relecq-Kerhuon), Polo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista (Lisbon), and Reykjavík Dance Festival (Reykjavík)