PARAÍSO – COLECÇÃO PRIVADA
The enfant terrible of contemporary choreography, Marlene Monteiro Freitas reinvents paradise as she presents the surrealist bestiary of a new mythology. A liberated, liberating piece. Irresistible.
MARLENE IN WONDERLAND
She galvanized the Festival with her diabolical presence in (M)imosa in 2012, and here she is explosive as she portrays a Machiavellian goddess. A flamboyant maestro in a torero costume, she rules with an iron hand over a quartet of crazed male creatures, submissive and full of longing and desire – a bird-magician with blue hands, a bull-harmonica player whose eyes are in his neck, a king-clown with a black tongue and a gentleman jester with a deformed face. They make up the fabulous bestiary of a new mythology celebrated on the altar of unbridled imagination. Angels who have escaped from hell, now carried away by the music of reverberating organs, African rhythms and pop rock melodies.
A revelation on the current choreography scene, Marlene Monteiro Freitas is its enfant terrible, fascinating with her carnal vitality, her audacious metamorphoses, her baroque aesthetics and her surrealist imagery. In Paradise – a private collection she assails the myth of creation and opens the doors to a paradise where it is forbidden to forbid. A liberated, liberating work.
PRODUCED BY BOMBA SUICIDA
CHOREOGRAPHY AND COSTUME DESIGN MARLENE MONTEIRO FREITAS
PERFORMED BY YAIR BARELLI + LORENZO DE ANGELIS + LUÍS GUERRA + ANDREAS MERK + MARLENE MONTEIRO FREITAS
MUSIC MARLENE MONTEIRO FREITAS WITH THE SUPPORT OF TIAGO CERQUEIRA + NOSFELL
LIGHTING AND SOUND DESIGN YANNICK FOUASSIER
COPRODUCTION LES SPECTACLES VIVANTS – CENTRE POMPIDOU (PARIS) + L’ÉCHANGEUR – CDC PICARDIE CENTRE CHORÉGRAPHIQUE NATIONAL DE TOURS + CENTRE CHORÉGRAPHIQUE NATIONAL DE RILLIEUX-LA-PAPE + BALLET NATIONAL DE MARSEILLE – CENTRE CHORÉGRAPHIQUE NATIONAL + CDC UZÈS DANSE + BOMBA SUICIDA – ASSOCIAÇÃO DE PROMOÇÃO CULTURAL (LISBON) + FESTIVAL CIRCULAR (VILA DO CONDE) + MARIA MATOS TEATRO MUNICIPAL (LISBON)
WITH THE SUPPORT OF DÉPARTS – PROGRAMME CULTURE DE L’UNION EUROPÉENNE + FUNDAÇÃO CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN (LISBON) + ALKANTARA (LISBON) + ATELIER RE.AL (LISBON) + CENTRE NATIONAL DE DANSE CONTEMPORAINE (ANGERS)
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH AGORA DE LA DANSE
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
PREMIERED AT VILA DO CONDE, FESTIVAL CIRCULAR, SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
MARLENE MONTEIRO FREITAS | BOMBA SUICIDA (LISBONNE)
Born in Mindelo, the cultural capital of Cape Verde, Marlene Monteiro Freitas co-founded a dance company there before attending P.A.R.T.S., the renowned Brussels school of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. She pursued further studies in Lisbon, where she is currently based
Starting with her initial projects, she placed herself at a remove from schools and conventions. The adventures she plunged into as a dancer – notably with Emmanuelle Huynn, Loic Touzé, Boris Charmatz and Tânia Carvalho (From me I can’t escape, have patience!, FTA 2010) – already cheerfully tested the boundaries of choreography. She exploded those limits when she began to work as a choreographer, turning the body into an instrument of artistic subversion in works characterized by an extraordinary energetic display, with tableaux inhabited by hybrid beings in constant metamorphosis. She struck a chord at the FTA in 2012 with her trenchant imitation of Prince in (M)imosa, created in collaboration with Trajal Harrell (also back this year), François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea. For her personal projects she has chosen the collective Bomba Suicida, whose names suggests that the artists must act like terrorists to survive. She already has a half dozen works to her credit, including the solo Guintche and the trio A Seriedade do Animal, inspired by a play by Brecht. Paraiso – colecção privada is her first ensemble piece.