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Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge, 22.–23. September 2018

Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge,
22.–23. September 2018

Spilles: Sat 22. Sep 2018 Sun 23. Sep

Greek tragedy becomes contemporary dance.

In Euripides, delirium, irrationality, hysteria, madness are traversed, from illusion to blindness and from blindness to revelation. Ferocity and the desire for peace, savagery and the aspiration for a simple and peaceful life are articulated. Opposite and contradictory directions, the clash of elements utmost ambiguous, dismembered bodies, social statutes put at strain, faith and beliefs stress tested... Miracles!

This is the moral and aesthetic world that the author invites us to traverse and which we accept, leading us to the depths of the human psyche, under forces beyond reason.

In Bacchae - Prelude to a Purge, music, dance and mystery lead us as funambulists over the wire of intensity, in a combat of appearances and dissimulations, polarized between the fields of Apollo and Dionysius.

MARLENE MONTEIRO FREITAS(Cape Verde, 1979) studied dance at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, in Lisbon at the Escola Superior de Dança and at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. In her native country, Cape Verde, she co-founded the dance group Compass and collaborates with musician Vasco Martins. She worked with Emmanuelle Huynh, Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Boris Charmatz, among others. Her creations include: Bacchae - Prelude to a Purge (2017), Jaguar (2015), with Andreas Merk, Of ivory and flesh - statues also suffer (2014), Paradise - private collection (2012-13), (M)imosa, co-created with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea (2011), Guintche (2010), A Seriedade do Animal (2009-10), Uns e Outros (2008), A Improbabilidade da Certeza (2006), Larvar (2006), Primeira Impressão (2005). The common denominator of these works is openness, impurity and intensity. In 2017 Portuguese Society of Authors (SPA), awarded Jaguar, the prize for the best choreography and in the same year she was distinguished by the government of Cape Verde for her cultural achievement. In 2018, La Biennale di Venezia has awarded MMF with the Silver Lion for Dance. She has an ongoing collaboration with O Espaço do Tempo(PT) and from 2016-2018 La Manufacture CDCN (FR) contemplates her with the program “Artiste Associé”. She is the co-founder of P.OR.K, her production structure in Lisbon (PT).


Andreas Merk
Betty Tchomanga
Cláudio Silva
Flora Détraz
Gonçalo Marques
Guillaume Gardey de Soos
Johannes Krieger
Lander Patrick
Miguel Filipe
Tomás Moital
Yaw Tembe
Light and Space:
Yannic Fouassier
Tiago Cerqueira
João Francisco Figueira
Luís Miguel Figueira
Marlene Monteiro Freitas
João Francisco Figueira
P.OR.K (Lisboa)
Bruna Antonelli
Sandra Azevedo
Key Performance (Stockholm)
Filipe Ferreira
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