Marlene Monteiro Freitas Lisbon

de marfim e carne

Born in Cape Verde, a former student at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels and now based in Lisbon, dancer and choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas is one of the most exciting new talents of her generation. Her latest creation is a stunningly inventive and positively dazzling show. A “grotesque ball” of mechanical puppets or stone statues that come to life against a background of shrill and percussive music, de marfim e carne (of ivory and flesh) reveals a very personal world filled with references passing by at full speed. References – think of the modernist avant-gardes of the early 20th century in particular – whose ambiguity however is exposed in contemporary issues. Like an echo of Pygmalion breathing life into his statue of Galatea, the choreographer seems to be suggesting that only sensitivity, desire and love can stop our bodies from becoming enslaved. 

Marlene Monteiro Freitas (b. 1979) is from Cape Verde, where she co-founded the Compass dance group, and collaborated with musician Vasco Martins. After dance studies at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, and at E.S.D. and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, she developed a project with the Cova da Moura community in Lisbon entitled we will not have dance classes, we will rehearse. Her other dance creations include de marfim e de carne - as estátuas também sofrem (2014); Paradise - private collection (2012-2013); (M)imosa (2011), a project developed with Trajal Harell, François Chaignaud, and Cecila Bengolea; Guintche (2010); A Seriedade do Animal (2009-2010); Uns e Outros (2008); A Improbabilidade da Certeza (2006); Larvar (2006); and Primeira Impressão (2005). The common denominator in these works is openness, impurity, and intensity. Marlene Monteiro Freitas has worked with Emmanuelle Huynn, Loic Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, and Boris Charmatz, among others.

NXTSTP partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine (Bordeaux)