Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Guintche (live version)

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Choreography and interpretation, Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Music, Henri “Cookie” Lesguillier and Simon Lacouture (tympani), Johannes Krieger (trumpet, excerpt from Rotcha Scribida by Amândio Cabral), Otomo Yoshihide (excerpt from a guitar solo), Anatol Waschke (shrapnel)
Sound, Rui Antunes
Lights, Yannick Fouassier
Stage work, Yannick Fouassier and Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Costumes, Marlene Monteiro Freitas 

Produced by P.OR.K (Soraia Gonçalves, Joana Costa Santos - Lisbonne)
Casting Key Performance (Stockholm)
Co-produced by Novo Negócio ZDB (Lisbon)
Residency hosted by O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), Alkantara Festival (Lisbon)
With support from Re.Al (Lisbon), Forum Dança – Associação Cultural (Lisbon), Bomba Suicida –
Associação de Promoção Cultural (Lisbon)
Special thanks to Avelino Chantre, Pedro Lacerda, João Francisco Figueira, Anatol Waschke 
Co-directed by Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris); Festival d’Automne à Paris

This event is part of the 2022 France-Portugal Season
With support of LVMH, 
member of the Sponsors Committee of the 2022 France-Portugal Season

Guinche, a wistful solo performed by Marlene Monteiro Freitas conjures up a multitude of images in the minds of the audience. The performer reveals herself as being both entire and multiple at the same time. This live version with the musicians Henri “Cookie” Lesquillier and Simon Lacouture constitutes an offering.

The impulse for Guinche came from Marlene Monteiro Freitas’s wish to bring to life a drawing that she made of a jazz musician. Then Guinche grew up, became autonomous and rebelled. The word ‘guinche’ derived from Cape Verdean creole, referring to “a bird, the name of a prostitute, an attitude, or who knows what” gives rise to a solo work of sulphurous beauty, added to here in this live version. Marlene Monteiro Freitas is accompanied by the musicians Henri “Cookie” Lesquillier and Simon Lacouture. In the eyes of the performer and director, there is no difference between a musical score, a piece of literature, an idea or an image when it comes to using them as the starting point for a project. Guinche sets out to be a kaleidoscope of sensations, in which the body becomes the object of infinite transformations. A continuous, demonic dialogue comes into play between the pelvis and the different percussion rhythms. Alternating between boxer, witch and dancer, Marlene Monteiro Freitas is all three at once. Never the same, always another.

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