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Marlene Monteiro Freitas (CV/PT)


22. okt. 2017

CODA Oslo International Dance Festival

Store scene 22.10.2017 20:00

1 h.

In cooperation with Codafestivalen

This solo performance derives from a character that Marlene Monteiro Freitas drew as a memento of a concert. She called it Guintche, and meanwhile it took on a life of its own, acquired autonomy and rebelled. “Guintche” means bird or prostitute in creole, a language spoken in Cape Verde where Freitas was born. It can also stand for an attitude of someone who jumps from one event to another, lacking coherence in his or her choices. On stage Freitas recreates this contradictory creature that melts, solidifies, breaks and changes form. Yet it keeps the same nature.

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). Some of her creations includes Of ivory and flesh – statues also suffer, Paradise – private collection(M)imosa, a project developed with Trajal Harell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea and Guintche. The common denominator of these works is openness and intensity. (M)imosa was presented at Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival 2014.

Choreography and Performance: Marlene Monteiro Freitas. Light: Yannick Fouassier. Music: Johannes Krieger (trumpet), “Rotcha Scribida” de Amandio Cabral, Cookie (drums), Otomo Yoshihide (excerpt from guitar solo), Anatol Waschke (shrapnel). Costume: Marlene Monteiro Freitas and Catarina Varatojo (shorts). Production: P.OR.K (Lisboa). Distribution: Key Performance (Stockholm). Co-production: ZDB-Negócio (Lisboa). Kunstneropphold: O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), Alkantara Festival (Lisboa). Supported by: Re.Al (Lisboa), Forum Dança (Lisboa), Bomba Suicida (Lisboa).

The text was commissioned by Black Box teater and first published in our season catalogue / text collection Fall 2017.

Read the article Choreographing Openness by Alexandra Balona here

Sunday October 22nd.
20.00: Guintche
Tuesday October 24th.
19.00: Of ivory and flesh – statues also suffer
Only 350/200 NOK. The ticket can be purchased at