By Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Ovid’s tale of the sculptor Pygmalion, whose immortal love brings a statue made of ivory to life in human form, has inspired this production by Marlene Monteiro Freitas. The performer and artist from the Cape Verde Islands studies this poetic metamorphosis. Together with her ensemble of musicians and dancers, she develops a choreography where torpor and ecstatic liveliness are constantly alternating. The audience is invited to an exuberant, grotesque, carnivalesque ball of robots, figures and statues wearing chest protectors. Bodies move awkwardly and jerkily to the intermittent beat of pop, Oriental sounds, Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” and live percussion. Their gestures and words follow characters from films by Hitchcock, Bergman and Cocteau, to which they lend an expression of inner desire for feeling and love. A border-crossing spectacle in every respect.
JULY 14 / 9 – 10.30 pm / KAMMER 1
Part of BODY TALK / A Festival of Bodies and Markets, Gender and Visibility in the 21st Century – In cooperation with Missy Magazine .
Festival pass: 45 €
/ discounted 30 €
Day pass: 20 € / discounted 15 €
Choreography Marlene Monteiro Freitas Performance Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Lander Patrick, Cookie (percussion), Tomás Moital (percussion), Miguel Filipe (percussion) Light and space Yannick Fouassier Live music Cookie (percussion) Edition and sound Tiago Cerqueira Research João Francisco Figueira, Marlene Monteiro Freitas Production P.OR.K (Lisbon, PT) Distribution Key Performance (Stockholm, SE)
Coproduction: O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo (PT); Alkantara Festival, Lisbon (PT); Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Lisbon (PT); Bomba Suicida, Lisbon (with the support of DGArtes, PT); CCN Rillieux-la-pape (FR); Musée de la danse, Rennes (FR); Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR); Festival Montpellier Danse 2014, Montpellier (FR); ARCADI, Paris (FR); CDC Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse (FR); Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Bordeaux (FR); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelas (BE); WP Zimmer, Antwerp (BE); NXTSTP (with the support of the EU Culture Programme)
With the support of ACCCA - Companhia Clara Andermatt, Lisbon (PT)
Acknowledgements Staresgrime (PT), Dr. Ephraim Nold