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Recording: 2016-05-20 , HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2) (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

De marfim e carne – as estátuas também sofrem / Of ivory and flesh – statues also suffer

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Production Details / Press Releases

Seven statues fallen out of time wake up to a new life on stage. They move mechanically to the music of cymbals and the trace beats of Omar Souleyman and try to transform into humans. In this ball of stone characters, Marlene Monteiro Freitas uses physical dynamics and daring metamorphoses to create a fascinating baroque-burlesque aesthetic of surreal beauty.

Marlene Monteiro Freitas was born in Cape 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, Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Boris Charmatz, among others. Her creations include: “Jaguar” with the collaboration of Andreas Merk (2015), “Of ivory and flesh – statues also suffer” (2014), “Paradise – private collection” (2012-13), “(M)imosa”, co-created with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea (2011), “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.

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Performance: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Lander Patrick, Cookie (Percussion), Tomás Moital (Percussion), Miguel Filipe (Percussion)
Light and stage: Yannick Fouassier
Live music: Cookie (Percussion)
Editing 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), Alkantara Festival (Lisbon), Maria Matos Teatro Municipal (Lisbon), Bomba Suicida (Lisbon), supported by DGArtes, CCN Rillieux-la-pape, Musée de la danse Rennes, Center Pompidou (Paris), Festival Montpellier Danse 2014 (Montpellier), ARCADI (Paris), CDC Toulouse / Midi Pyrenees (Toulouse), Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, (Bordeaux), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), WP rooms (Antwerp), NXTSTP with the support of the EU cultural program
Supported by: ACCCA – Companhia Clara Andermatt (Lisbon)
Acknowledgments: Staresgrime, Dr. Ephraim Nold
Presented in the context of [DNA] Departures and Arrivals with the support of the EU cultural program.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2)

Hallesches Ufer 32
10963 Berlin

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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Marlene Monteiro Freitas / Trailers and Video Documentations

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