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Dançando com a Diferença & Marlene Monteiro Freitas






“Ôss” means “bone” in creole. It is phonetically similar to “oss”, a polysemic expression that is common among karate practitioners and that originally encompasses ideas such as pressuring, pushing, withstanding, tolerating. But such a phonetic relation is only, and partially, coincidence, given that what interests us is the bone as a keeper and teller of millenary secrets, guardian of anatomical guidelines, structuring box for soft and fragile parts. Paradoxically, building a strong skeleton, where a foot serves as a brain and the heart as an elbow, and the knees are a liver and an ear, will be naturally possible for us, given that between hard and soft, in the end, it won’t matter much. The parts of this composite and its subsequent destiny shall be handled in auction. — Dançando com a Diferença & Marlene Monteiro Freitas




© Laurent Philippe

© Laurent Philippe

© Laurent Philippe

Color stage photo. Lying down, an interpreter holds a film camera.

© Laurent Philippe

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Marlene Monteiro Freitas (Cabo Verde, 1979) studied dance at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels and at Escola Superior de Dança and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon. In her native country, Cabo Verde, she co-founded the dance group Compass and collaborated with the musician Vasco Martins. She has worked with Emmanuelle Huynh, Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho and Boris Charmatz, among others. Her productions include: Bacantes – Prelude To A Purge (2017), Jaguar (2015), with Andreas Merk, Of Ivory And Flesh - Statues Also Suffer (2014), Paradise – private collection (2012–13), (M)imosa (2011), with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea, Guintche (2010), A Seriedade do Animal (2009 10), Uns e Outros (2008), A Improbabilidade da Certeza (2006), Larvar (2006), and Primeira Impressão (2005). The common denominators of these works are their openness, impurity and intensity. In 2017, Jaguar received the award for best choreography from the Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores (SPA), and in the same year the artist was distinguished by the Cabo Verde government for her cultural achievements. In 2018, she developed the piece Canine Jaunâtre for the Batsheva Dance Company. Also in 2018, the Venice Biennale awarded Marlene Monteiro Freitas with the Silver Lion for Dance. In 2019, in response to a commission from BoCA – Bienal de Artes Contemporâneas (Lisbon & Porto, Portugal), the artist created the piece CATTIVO, a live installation of music stands and other materials that frequently appear in her work. In 2020, her piece Bacantes – Prelude to a Purge was awarded the prize for Best International Performance at Les Prémis de la Critica d’Arts Escèniques in Barcelona. In August 2020, her work MAL – Embriaguez Divina premiered in Kampnagel, Hamburg, before then embarking on an international tour in 2021. In July 2021, she presented her newest piece Pierrot Lunaire with Ingo Metzmacher, at WienerFestwochen, Vienna. Also in 2021, her piece Un (common) Ground – a series of exhibitions and conferences exploring the inscription of the arts in one of the planet’s most persistent conflicts, the dispute for the land known by some as Palestine and Israel – was presented in various locations around Lisbon. Marlene Monteiro Freitas has an ongoing permanent collaboration with O Espaço do Tempo (Portugal). She is co-founder of the production company P.O.R.K, in Lisbon (Portugal).

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  • Dançando com a Diferença artistic director
    Henrique Amoedo

    Marlene Monteiro Freitas

    Choreography assistant
    Hsin-Yi Hsiang

    Rehearsal director
    José Gregório Rojas

    Performed by
    Bárbara Matos, Bernardo Graça, Joana Caetano, Maria João Pereira, Mariana Tembe, Milton Branco, Rui João Costa, Sara Rebolo, Telmo Ferreira

    Lighting and set design
    Yannick Fouassier

    Lighting and set installation and operation
    Jean-Marc Ségalen

  • Sound design
    Rui Antunes

    Sound installation and operation
    Rui Antunes

    Stage direction
    Milton Branco, Nuno Simões

    Costumes design
    Marlene Monteiro Freitas

    Richard Strauss, Rui Pedro Viaes and Rocha Antunes, Schubert, Rihanna, Buttechno

    Co-produced by
    CENDREV – Teatro Garcia Resende

    Produced by
    Dançando com a Diferença, P.OR.K

    Executive producer
    Nuno Simões

    Production and support
    Cláudia Nunes, José Gregório Rojas, Milton Branco  

    Audio description
    Elisabete Magalhães

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