Marlene Monteiro Freitas Lisbon

Bacantes – Prelúdio para uma Purga

Marlene Monteiro Freitas (b. 1979) was born in Cape Verde where she was co-founder and member of the dance group Compass. She studied at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), at Escola Superior de Dança and at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon). She has worked with Emmanuelle Huynh, Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho and Boris Charmatz to name just a few. 

One of the greatest discoveries on the international choreographic scene, Marlene Monteiro 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, coproduced by the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, is also her most ambitious. Based on Euripides’ The Bacchantes, twelve dancers and musicians tackle the Greek tragedy – for Nietzsche, summoned here, the very illustration of the metaphysical function of art. Marlene Monteiro Freitas’ Bacantes are a war between the Apollonian and Dionysian, reason and intuition, form and dissolution of the form, individuation and self-denial. They also question art, life and art as the affirmation of life.

NXTSTP partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), steirischer herbst (Graz), Alkantara (Lisbon)