© Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia A. Avezzu
Thu 29 Aug Sun 1 Sep

Bacchae - Prelude to a Purge

29 Aug
1 Sep

Marlene Monteiro Freitas’ frenetic choreography alternates between dionysian and appolonian states and finds amazing images to show how conventions inscribe themselves into the human body. Both high and pop culture, the grotesque and the ridiculous, self-improvement and ecstatic surrender all combine in one transgressive work. The ensemble of dancers and trumpeters exhausts themselves to the point of collapse, undergoing a constant metamorphosis and striving in bizarre manner for the purge of the title.

PACT Zollverein
Welterbe Zollverein
Areal B
Bullmannaue 20a
45327 Essen

Further Information

Introduction 45 minutes prior to show.

Artist talk 30th of August after the performance.

Hosted by PACT Zollverein for the Ruhrtriennale. Co-production TNDMII (Lisbon, PT); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE), steirischer herbst festival (Graz, AT) & Alkantara (Lisbon, PT) with the support of the NXTSTP- Culture Programme of the European Union; NorrlandsOperan (Umeå, SE); Festival Montpellier Danse 2017 (Montpellier, FR); Bonlieu Scène nationale Annecy (Annecy, FR) & La Bâtie-Festival de Genève (Geneva, CH) in the framework of FEDER - programme Interreg France-Suisse 2014-2020; Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto, PT); Le Cuvier – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique (Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FR); HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, DE); International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hamburg, DE); Athens and Epidaurus Festival (Athens, GR); Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich, DE), Kurtheater Baden (Baden, CH); SPRING Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht, NL); Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, CH); Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil – centre dramatique national (Montreuil, FR); Les Spectacles Vivants / Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR) Residency support O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo, PT); Montpellier Danse à l´Agora, cité internationale de la danse ; ICI - centre chorégraphique national Montpellier - Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée / Direction Christian Rizzo - dans le cadre du programme de résidence Par/ICI (Montpellier, FR) Acknowledgements Cristina Neves; Alain Micas; Bruno Coelho; Christophe Jullian; Louis Le Risbé; Manu Protopopoff; ACCCA – Companhia Clara Andermatt (Lisbon, PT); ESMAE (Lisbon, PT); ESTC (Lisbon, PT)


Choreography Marlene Monteiro Freitas
With Andreas Merk Betty Tchomanga Cookie Cláudio Silva Flora Détraz Gonçalo Marques Guillaume Gardey de Soos Johannes Krieger Lander Patrick Miguel Filipe Tomás Moital Yaw Tembe
Lighting design and space Yannick Fouassier
Sound Design Tiago Cerqueira
Stools João Francisco Figueira Luís Miguel Figueira

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