Man uses stone, wax, wood, metal, ivory and other materials to create bodies, figures, mechanical dolls ... carved physically and emotionally, forms of the virtual world, deified or fruit of untrammelled fantasy, capable of simulating life while eluding death. In Ovid's Metamorphoses, the story of Pygmalion emerges within the myth of Orpheus, a song of hope in resurrection. In this story within a story, which narrates transgressions, death and earthly bounds are challenged through desire. This project's subtitle alludes to Alain Resnais and Chris Marker's 1953 film, "Les statues meurent aussi / Statues also die". The French word "souffrir" means both to suffer (as in pain) and to wait (which could be said of an unclaimed parcel at the post office). Within the structure of our project, the statue-bodies "suffer from reminiscences": the agile, performing body becomes a symptomatic body also. de marfim e carne - as estátuas também sofrem is a dance of petrified figures.
Marlene Monteiro Freitas was born in Cape Verde, where she co-founded the Compass dance group. She studied dance at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), E.S.D. and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon). She has worked with Emmanuelle Huynn, Loic Touzé, Tânia Carvalho and Boris Charmatz, among others. She created the pieces "Jaguar", in collaboration with Andreas Merk (2015), "de marfim e carne - as estátuas também sofrem" ("of ivory and flesh - statues also suffer" (2014), "Paraíso - colecção privada" ("Paradise - private collection")(2012-13), "(M)imosa" with Trajal Harell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea (2011), "Guintche" (2010), "A Seriedade do Animal" ("The seriousness of animals" (2009-10), "Uns e Outros" ("One Another") (2008), "A Improbabilidade da Certeza" ("The Improbability of Certainty") (2006), "Larvar" ("Larval") (2006) and "Primeira Impressão" ("First Impression") (2005), works that have a common denominator in openness, impurity and intensity. She is co-founder of P.OR.K, a Lisbon-based production company.
Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Performers: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Lander Patrick, Cookie (percussão), Tomás Moital (percussão), Miguel Filipe (percussão)
Lightning and set design: Yannick Fouassier
Live Music: Cookie (percussão)
Editing and sound: Tiago Cerqueira
Research: João Francisco Figueira, Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Production: P.OR.K (Lisboa, PT)
Distribution: Key Performance (Estocolmo, SE)
Co-production: O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo (PT), Alkantara Festival, Lisboa (PT), Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Lisboa (PT), Bomba Suicida, Lisboa (com o apoio da DGArtes, PT), CCN Rillieux-la-Pape, direção Yuval Pick, Rilleux-la-pape (FR), Musée de la danse, Rennes (FR), Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR), Festival Montpellier Danse 2014, Montpellier (FR), ARCADI, Paris (FR), le CDC - centre de développement chorégraphique de Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse (FR), Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Bordéus (FR), Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelas (BE), WP Zimmer, Antuérpia (NL), NXTSTP (EU)
Apoio ACCCA - Companhia Clara Andermatt
Thanks: Staresgrime (PT), Dr. Ephraim Nold
Approximate Duration: 1h20
24 ABR — 12 mAI 2019