Ivory and Flesh

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

The electric Marlene Monteiro Freitas returns to Montreuil after setting the boards alight three years ago with Bacchantes - prélude pour une purge. This time, she invites us to a strange and trance-like ball of statues...


The Portuguese choreographer devised this ritual of automatons when thinking about the myth of Pygmalion, a sculptor who saw his work come to life, and the African effigies from Alain Resnais and Chris Marker’s film Statues Also Die. In this sensual opera, contradictory impulses collide to reveal the body’s furious, irreducible vitality.

Continue the experience

One night, two shows
Friday 04 & Saturday 05 dec, start your night at the theatre with Death Breath Orchestra


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.


with Cookie, Miguel Filipe, Andreas Merk, Tomás Moital, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Lander Patrick, Betty Tchomanga 

chorégraphy Marlene Monteiro Freitas 
lights, space Yannick Fouassier 
live music Cookie
editing, sound Tiago Cerqueira 
search João Francisco Figueira, Marlene Monteiro Freitas

production P.OR.K Distribution Key Performance
coproduction O Espaço do Tempo, Alkantara Festival, Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Bomba Suicida (with the support of DGArtes), CCN Rillieux-la-pape, direction Yuval Pick, Musée de la danse, Centre Pompidou, Festival Montpellier Danse 2014, ARCADI, CDC – centre de développement chorégraphique de Toulouse/MidiPyrénées, Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, WP Zimmer, NXTSTP (with the support of the EU Culture Programme)
soutien ACCCA – Companhia Clara Andermatt
remerciements Staresgrime, Dr. Ephraim Nold