Departures and Arrivals



Monteiro Freitas, Marlene


"Jaguar is the name given to some horses, a dance piece and a marionette show. In Jaguar we are puppets and in this manipulated theatre, we entrust ourselves to others and to their hands: Mandinga d' Soncent, Wolfli, Blaue Reiter, Prince, Hoffman, among others. While they are radically different, they also are our own extension. Jaguar is an excerpt, a hunting scene, or indeed a haunted-hunting scene." – Marlene Monteiro Freitas



Choreography | Marlene Monteiro Freitas in collaboration with Andreas Merk

Performance | Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Andreas Merk

Light and Space | Yannick Fouassier

Sound | Tiago Cerqueira

Horse (prop) | João Francisco Figueira

Research | João Francisco Figueira e Marlene Monteiro Freitas 

Special thanks to Betty Tchomonga’s eyes


Production | P.OR.K (Lisbon, PT)

Distribution | Key Performance (Stockholm, SE)

Co-production | Zodiak - Center for New Dance (Helsinki, FI), CDC Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées (Toulouse, FR), Alkantara (Lisbon, PT), HAU - Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, DE), MDT (Stockholm, SE) in the frame of  [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union; Teatro Municipal do Porto Rivoli (Porto, PT);  Arsenic (Lausanne, CH);  Maria Matos Teatro Municipal (Lisbon, PT);  O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-novo, PT);  Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR); Festival Paris quartier d´été (Paris, FR); Espaces Pluriels (PAU, FR); A-CDC (Art Danse - CDC Dijon Bourgogne (FR), La Briqueterie - CDC du Val-de-Marne (FR), Le Cuvier - CDC d'Aquitaine (FR), L'échangeur - CDC Picardie (FR), Le Gymnase - CDC Roubaix - Nord Pas de Calais (FR), Le Pacifique – CDC Grenoble (FR), CDC Paris Réseau Danse (FR), Pôle Sud - CDC Strasbourg en prefiguration (FR), CDC Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées (FR), CDC Uzès danse (FR))

Residency support | STUK (Leuven, BE); Tanzhaus Zurich (Zurich, CH)

Support | Trafó (Budapest, HU); ACCCA – Companhia Clara Andermatt (Lisbon, PT)


Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Marlene Monteiro Freitas was born in Cabo 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, Loic Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Boris Charmatz, among others. Her creations include Of ivory and flesh - statues also suffer (2014); Paradise - private collection (2012-13); (M)imosa (2011), a project developed with Trajal Harell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea; 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.


Andreas Merk
Andreas Merk was born in Germany, studied dance and theatre in Frankfurt (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst) Brussels (P.A.R.T.S.) and Switzerland (Scuola Teatro Dimitri). He appeared in productions by various directors and choreographers on stage and screen; Tomer Heymann, Idit Herman, Nicolas Steman, Falk Richter, Tania Carvalho, Inbal Pinto&Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, MataNicola, Noa Shadur, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Richard Siegel amongst other's.