Like a beautiful smile with an ugly tooth— Marlene Monteiro Freitas
An empty space. Seventeen performers dancing with brilliant virtuosity but with no apparent purpose. The dancers move like figurines subjected to contradictory principles and rules. They move to the rhythm of Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone, to excerpts from Swan Lake and to Rui Antunes’s sound creations …
In this exuberant, almost carnivalesque show, which has entered the repertoire of the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon, Marlene Monteiro Freitas contrasts strength and beauty with dirt and disease. Inspired, amongst others, by the popular processions she witnessed during her childhood in Cape Verde, the choreographer continues to develop her own language. She breaks down the codes of beauty and ugliness as she progresses towards a new aesthetic made up of rhythm, intensity and energy.
Théâtre National Wallonie Bruxelles (Grande Salle)
-30 years old: € 9
2h30 - no intermission
Choreography MARLENE MONTEIRO FREITAS Choreography assistant BEN GREEN Stage design YANNICK FOUASSIER, MARLENE MONTEIRO FREITASLighting design YANNICK FOUASSIERSound RUI ANTUNES
Production BALLET DE L'OPERA DE LYON
In collaboration with P.OR.K (Joana da Costa Santos, Soraia Gonçalves - Lisbon, Portugal)
Original commission from the Batsheva Dance Company, in co-production with Julidans and Montpellier Danse, 2018.
The P.OR.K Cultural Association is funded by the Portuguese Government - Ministry of Culture / General Directorate of Arts.