Marlene Monteiro Freitas | Portugal | Cape Verde – 120 min

28 JANUARY - 20.30H – Room 1

“Jaguar is the name given to some horses, a dance and a puppet show. In Jaguar we are puppets and in this manipulated theater, we trust each other and each other’s hands: Mandinga d’Soncent. Wolfli, Blaue Reiter, among others, which despite being radically different, are no more than an extension of ourselves. Jaguar is a fragment, a hunting scene, or actually a tormented hunting scene.” Marlene Monteiro Freitas.


Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Jaguar is the latest creation by Marlene Monteiro Freitas, born in Cape Verde, whose works have a threefold common denominator: openness, impurity and intensity. Co-founder of the dance group Compass (Cape Verde) and the production structure P.OR.K (Lisbon), Marlene Monteiro Freitas stands out for her works De marfim e carne – as estátuas também sofrem (2014), Paraíso-colecção privada (2012-13) or (M)imosa (2011) with Trajal Harrell, Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud. In this work, done in collaboration with Andreas Merk, the quality of the movement represents a breath of fresh air in the panorama of European dance, taking a step further in each performance, assuming risks and seducing audiences around the world. Dance that anticipates the world to come: chaotic, hypnotic and fast. A world that forces us to position ourselves and to know how and with whom we want to move.


Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas in collaboration with Andreas Merk | Performance: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Andreas Merk | Lighting and space: Yannick Fouassier | Sound: Tiago Cerqueira | Props: João Francisco Figueira, Miguel Figueira | Documentation: João Francisco Figueira, Marlene Monteiro Freitas | Acknowledgements: Betty Tchomanga, Avelino Chantre | Production: P.OR.K (Lisbon, PT) | Distribution: Key Performance (Stockholm, SE) | Co-production: Zodiak – Center for New Dance (Helsinki, FI), CDC Toulouse / Midi-Pyrenees (Toulouse, FR), Alkantara (Lisbon, PT), HAU – Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, DE), MDT (Stockholm, SE) under [DNA] Departures and Arrivals, co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union; Teatro Municipal do Porto Rivoli (Oporto, PT); Arsenic (Lausanne, CH); Teatro Municipal Maria Matos (Lisbon, PT); O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo, PT); Les Spectacles vivants – Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR); Espaces Pluriels (PAU, FR); Tandem Douai-Arras / Scène nationale (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), Réseau Danse CDC Paris (FR), Pôle Sud – CDC Strasbourg en prefiguration (FR), CDC Toulouse / Midi-Pyrénées (FR), Uzès danse CDC (FR))


October 2015, Helsinki (Zodiak).

Premiere in Spain at the Festival Escenas do Cambio 2016
Co-presentation of Alkantara with the support of DNA – Creative Europe Programme.