Departures and Arrivals



Paradise - private collection
2015/04/29 › 2015/04/30
Freitas, Marlene Monteiro

At Paradise, an imaginary place with Christian roots, life unfolds free from the constrains of daily and earthly life. To the shortage of food, paradise offers affluence, to the burden of work, it offers a life free of efforts and obligations. There is a paradise prior to the creation, unruly but innocent, as not knowing the original sin, and the paradise of virtue, the promised land in heaven for those that had a virtuous life. But, as paradise emancipated from the moral-religious sphere of the Last Judgment and, progressively, entered the sphere of arts, it became the place of the exotic and marvelous. The transformation of the hell ran along the same lines, and indeed both paradise and hell constitute fundamental objects of artistic imagination.

Paraíso - colecção privada [Paradise - private collection] is a choreographic concert through the garden of imagination; punctuated by dissonant and heterogeneous materials, eventually uncanny, this is a machine for rousing emotions where unexpected encounters with needles may occur.
Marlene Monteiro Freitas was born in Cabo Verde where she was member and co-founder of the dance group Compass and collaborated with the musician Vasco Martins. After her dance studies at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), at E.S.D. and at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon), she developed a dance project with the community of Cova da Moura (Lisbon), under the idea “we will not have dance classes, we will rehearse”. She has worked with Emmanuelle Huynn, Loic Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Boris Charmatz, among others. The common denominator in her work is openness, impurity and intensity. She's a member of the collective Bomba Suicida, based in Lisbon.

Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Performance: Yair Barelli, Lorenzo de Angelis, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Lander Patrick, Andreas Merk
Music: Marlene Monteiro Freitas (with the support of Nosfell and Tiago Cerqueira)
Light and sound: Yannick Fouassier
Research and image: João Francisco Figueira, Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Costumes: Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Production: Bomba Suicida (PT)
Coproduction: Le Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR), L'échangeur - CDC Picardie (FR), Centre Chorégraphie National de Tours, direction Thomas Lebrun (accueil studio, FR), Centre Chorégraphie National Rilieux-La-Pape, direction Yuval Pick (accueil studio, FR), Ballet National de Marseille (FR) - Centre Chorégraphique National, direction Frédéric Flamand (accueil studio, FR), CDC Uzès Danse (FR), Bomba Suicida - Associação de Promoção Cultural (PT), Festival Circular


This presentation was possible with the support of [DNA] network - Departures and Arrivals/European Commission Culture Program.