Measure for Measure

Bacchae - Prelude to a purge

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

The choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas draws inspiration from the bacchanalia of the ancient world and pays homage to Dionysus in in a play where the force of tragedy is expressed by the body.

Cape Verde native Marlene Monteiro Freitas approaches choreography as an art of energy, close to physical theatre. She proposes a personal reading of The Bacchae, written by Euripides in the fifth century BCE. The artist interweaves this disconcerting work and the sacred dances of Antiquity, for which she has assembled a group of twelve performers, actors, dancers and musicians around her.


Marlene Monteiro Freitas was born in Cabo Verde where she was co-founder and member of the dance group Compass. She studied at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), at E.S.D. and at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon). She worked with Emmanuelle Huynn, Loic Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Boris Charmatz, among others. Her creations include Of ivory and flesh - statues also suffer (2014); Paradise - private collection (2012-13); (M)imosa (2011), a project developed with Trajal Harell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea; 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. She is the co-founder of P.OR.K, structure of production based in Lisbon.


choreography Marlene Monteiro Freitas
performance Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Cookie, Cláudio Silva, Flora Détraz, Gonçalo Marques, Guillaume Gardey de Soos, Johannes Krieger, Lander Patrick, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Miguel Filipe, Tomás Moital, Yaw Tembe
light and space Yannick Fouassier
sound Tiago Cerqueira
stools João Francisco Figueira, Luís Miguel Figueira
costumes assistant Cristina Neves
research João Francisco Figueira, Marlene Monteiro Freitas

production P.OR.K (Lisbon, PT)
distribution Key Performance (Stockholm, SE)
co-production TNDM II (Lisbon, PT); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE); steirischer herbst festival (Graz, AT) & Alkantara (Lisbon, PT) with the support of NXTSTP - Culture Program of the European Union; NorrlandsOperan (Umeå, SE); Festival Montpellier Danse 2017 (Montpellier, FR); Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy (Annecy, FR) & La Bâtie - Festival de Genève (Geneva, CH) within the frame of the FEDER of the Interreg France-Suisse 2014-2020 program; Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto, PT); Le Cuvier - Centre de Développement Chorégraphique (Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FR); HAU - Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, DE); International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg, DE); Athens and Epidaurus Festival (Athens, GR); Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich, DE); Kurtheater Baden (Baden, CH); SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht, NL); Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, CH); Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil - Centre dramatique national (Montreuil, FR); Les Spectacles Vivants / Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR)
residency support O Espaço do Tempo - within the frame of Associate Artist (Montemor-o-Novo, PT); Montpellier Danse à l´Agora, Cité internationale de la danse / ICI - Centre chorégraphique national Montpellier - Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée / Direction Christian Rizzo - dans le cadre du programme de résidence Par/ICI (Montpellier, FR)