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Recording: 2023-08-26 , Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

MAL – Embriaguez Divina

Tanz im August | Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Production Details / Press Releases

Marlene Monteiro Freitas’ “MAL” revolves around evil and its ambivalence. Particularly in the theatre, this abstract giant appears time and again as a driving force. Freitas conjures – and bans – this force with an overabundance of action. Worry and fear are juxtaposed with a kind of Dionysian ecstasy. The nets and grids on stage provide the backdrop for marches, surveillance rituals, sporting competitions, and physics experiments, all set against the stark contrast of light and shade, noise and silence. A spectacle like an illuminating exorcism.


TFB Nr. 1801

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Support Creation: Lander Patrick de Andrade
With: Francisco Rolo, Henri ‘Cookie’ Lesguillier, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Joãozinho da Costa, Andreas Merk, Mariana Tembe, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Miguel Filipe, Tonan Quito
Lighting & Set Design: Yannick Fouassier
Support Set Creation: Miguel Figueira
Stage Management & Props: João Chicó, Flávio Martins
Sound: Rui Antunes
Research: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, João Francisco Figueira
Dramaturgy: Martin Valdés-Staube
Costumes: Marisa Escaleira
Production: P.OR.K (Joana Costa Santos, Soraia Gonçalves – Lisbon), Münchner Kammerspiele
Distribution: Key Performance
Co-production: Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020, Pôle européen de création – Ministère de la Culture/Maison de la Danse en soutien à la Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020, Culturgest, Festival d’Automne on Paris, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, International Sommer Festival Kampnagel, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou: NEXT festival (Eurometropolis Lille, Kortrijk, Tournai & Valenciennes), Ruhrtriennale, TANDEM Scène nationale Douai, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Theater Freiburg, Wiener Festwochen
Supported by: CML – Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Dançando com a diferença, Fabbrica Europa, PARC – Performing Arts Research Center, La Gare – Fabrique des arts en mouvement Le Relecq-Kerhuon, Polo Cultural Gaivotas, Boavista, Reykjavík Dance Festival, P.OR.K Associação Cultural is funded by Governo de Portugal – Ministério da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes
In co-operation with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Tanz im August 2023
Artistic Director: Ricardo Carmona
Executive Producer Festival: Stefan Nagel
Producer & Dramaturge: Alina Lauer
Production und Team Assistance: Luzie Barzen
Dramaturgical Advisor: Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi
Production Associates: Sujmo Akcali, Arantxa Ciafrino, Vivien Hohnholz, Aki Kimura, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Ekaterina Voronova, Benze C. Werner
Technical Director Festival: Ingo Ruggenthaler
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.

Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Linienstraße 227
10178 Berlin

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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