In order to explore the varieties of evil, a group turns into a choir on a tribune. They are under the influence of haunting inspirations, poisonous testimonies, bacterial impressions, rotten facts. The title of the evening makes multiple references to the ambiguity of evil. On the one hand, the Portuguese “mal” has no single, direct translation: it can mean unease, sorrow, torment, a lack of something, horror or simply evil. The addition “Embriaguez divina” marks evil as a state of divine delusion – and contrasts it equally with the escapism of boundless ecstasy.

George Bataille places evil and art in close proximity to each other. Even more: art is always evil – the opposite force to a reason that keeps everything under control: The abysm of evil as a prerequisite of art. Perhaps this is why evil appears in a large number of stories as a force that determines action – with the theatre repeatedly being the site where it is revealed.

Choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas creates opulent and poetic worlds in her formally strict and detailed performances. She is inspired by mythological motifs and plays with references from high and pop culture, for instance in her works “Of Ivory and Flesh – Statues also Suffer” and “Bacantes – Prelude to a Purge”.

By Martin Valdés-Stauber

Choreography | Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Assistance | Lander Patrick
With | Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Francisco Rôlo, Henri “Cookie” Lesguillier, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Joãozinho da Costa, Mariana Tembe, Majd Feddah, Miguel Filipe
Light and Space | Yannick Fouassier
Support Space creation | Miguel Figueira
Stage manager | André Calado
Sound | Rui Dâmaso
Research | Marlene Monteiro Freitas, João Francisco Figueira
Dramaturgy | Martin Valdés-Stauber
Production | P.OR.K (Bruna Antonelli, Sandra Azevedo, Soraia Gonçalves – Lisbon, PT) and Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich, DE)
Distribution | Key Performance (Stockholm, SE)

Co-production | Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020 and Pôle européen de création – Ministère de la Culture/Maison de la Danse en soutien à la Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2020 (Lyon, FR); Culturgest (Lisbon, PT); HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, DE); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE); International Summer Festival Kampnägel (Hamburg, DE); Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt, DE); Les Spectacles Vivants/Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR); NEXT festival (Eurometropolis Lille, Kortrijk, Tournai & Valenciennes); Ruhrtriennale (Bochum, DE); TANDEM Scène nationale (Douai – Arras, FR); Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto, PT); Theater Freiburg (Freiburg, DE); Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, AT).

Support | Dançando com a diferença (Funchal, PT); Fabbrica Europa|PARC- Performing Arts Research Center (Florence, IT); La Gare – Fabrique des arts en mouvement (Le Relecq-Kerhuon); Polo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista (Lisbon, PT); Reykjavík Dance Festival (Reykjavík, IC)

P.OR.K Associação Cultural is funded by Governo de Portugal – Ministério da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes.

Picture | Dan