BACCHAE – PRELUDE TO A PURGE *
Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Unknown artist, Pathological Wax figure from Cairo Carrasco Collection, c. 1935.
Photo Rosa Reis
 
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..
 
Choreography Marlene Monteiro Freitas With 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 Props João Francisco Figueira, Miguel Figueira Production P.OR.K (Lisbon,PT) Distribution Key Performance (Stockholm, SE) Co-production TNDMII (Lisbon, PT); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE), steirischer herbst festival (Graz, AT) & Alkantara (Lisbon, PT) with the support of the NXTSTP- Culture Programme 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) in the framework of FEDER - programme Interreg France-Suisse 2014-2020; 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 – in the frame of Associated 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) Acknowledgements Cristina Neves; Alain Micas; Bruno Coelho; Christophe Jullian; Louis Le Risbé; Manu Protopopoff; ACCCA – Companhia Clara Andermatt (Lisbon, PT); ESMAE (Lisbon, PT); ESTC (Lisbon, PT)
 
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