Measure for Measure

Mal - Embriaguez Divina

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Inspired by mythology, popular dance and writers such as George Bataille and Hannah Arendt, Mal, Embriaguez Divina draws in the audience to a world of hallucinatory poetry. 

The choreographer has chosen an eclectic soundtrack, combining the syncopated rhythms of Cape Verde and a Neapolitan tarantella with Tchaikovsky and Maurice Ravel. This highly intense performance reflects on the evils of totalitarianism and colonialism, as well as on illness and blindness.



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 Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Francisco Rolo, Henri "Cookie" Lesguillier, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Joãozinho da Costa, Mariana Tembe, Miguel Filipe


choregraphy Marlene Monteiro Freitas (Compagnie P.OR.K)

lights and decor Yannick Fouassier

director André Calado

assistant director Miguel Figueira

research Marlene Monteiro Freitas & João Francisco Figueira

dramaturgy Martin Valdés-Stauber

sound creator Rui Dâmaso

costume creator Marisa Escaleira

production Lander Patrick


production P.OR.K (Bruna Antonelli, Sandra Azevedo, Soraia Gonçalves - Lisbonne, Portugal), Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich, Allemagne)

coproduction Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2021, Pôle européen de création - Ministère de la Culture/Maison de la Danse, Culturgest (Lisbonne, Portugal), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, Allemagne), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles, Belgique), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Francfort, Allemagne), International Summer Festival Kampnägel (Hamburg, Allemagne), Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou, Festival d’Automne à Paris, NEXT festival (Eurometropolis Lille, Kortrijk, Tournai, Valenciennes), Ruhrtriennale (Bochum, Allemagne), Tandem Scène nationale (Douai, France), Teatro Municipal do Porto (Portugal), Theater Freiburg (Allemagne), Wiener Festwochen (Vienne, Autriche) | Avec le soutien de CML – Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Dançando com a diferença (Funchal, Portugal), Fabbrica Europa PARC - Performing Arts Research Center (Florence, Italie), La Gare – Fabrique des arts en mouvement (Le Relecq-Kerhuon), Polo Cultural Gaivotas Boavista (Portugal), Reykjavík Dance Festival (Ireland), Ministère de la Culture/ DGArtes (Portugal)

coréalisation Nouveau théâtre de Montreuil-CDN, Festival d’Automne à Paris

Le Festival d’Automne à Paris est producteur de la tournée francilienne de ce spectacle.