In Euripides, delirium, irrationality, hysteria, madness are traversed, from illusion to blindness and from blindness to revelation. Ferocity and the desire for peace, savagery and the aspiration for a simple and peaceful life are articulated. Opposite and contradictory directions, the clash of elements utmost ambiguous, dismembered bodies, social statutes put at strain, faith and beliefs stress tested… Miracles!
This is the moral and aesthetic world that the author invites us to traverse and which we accept, leading us to the depths of the human psyche, under forces beyond reason. In Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge, music, dance and mystery lead us as funambulists over the wire of intensity, in a combat of appearances and dissimulations, polarized between the fields of Apollo and Dionysius.
Marlene Monteiro Freitas Marlene Monteiro Freitas was born in Cape 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). She worked with Emmanuelle Huynh, Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Boris Charmatz, among others. Her creations include: Jaguar with the collaboration of Andreas Merk (2015), Of ivory and flesh – statues also suffer (2014), Paradise – private collection (2012-13), (M)imosa, co-created with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea (2011), Guintche (2010), A Seriedade do Animal (2009-10), Uns e Outros (2008), A Improbabilidade da Certeza (2006), Larvar (2006), Primeira Impressão (2005). The common denominator of these works is openness, impurity and intensity. She is the co-founder of P.OR.K, structure of production based in Lisbon.