Pandora’s myth probably first surfaced as the answer to the age-old question: why do people get sick and die? Why do bad things happen? Although Pandora is often despised as the bringer of evil, she also brought fertility, since birth and death did not exist before she released them.

In this performance Idiota sneaks into Pandora’s box in a wish to spy on Hope. After sliding into the core of the box, he will be challenged: Hope will meet Agitation and throw herself from wall to wall, edge to edge; Agitation will crawl into the lock, displacing it throughout the space; Idiota’s senses and self-orientation will be fully assaulted, turning windows into mirrors, the door into a self-portrait… In order to find his way out, Idiota must tackle these challenges.

At the origin of this new creation of the Cape Verdean choreographer lies a dialogue between her work and that of the painter Alex Silva (1974-2019), a commission of CNAD, in Mindelo, Cape Verde.


Choreography | Performance | Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Assistance | Hsin-Yi Hsiang

Space | Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Miguel Figueira, Yannick Fouassier

Light | Yannick Fouassier

Sound | Rui Antunes

Costumes | Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Production | P.OR.K – Soraia Gonçalves, Joana Costa Santos (Lisbon, PT)

Distribution | Key Performance (Stockholm, SE)

Co – Production | CNAD – Centro Nacional de Arte, Artesanato e Design (Mindelo, CV); Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE); Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, AT), Grec Festival de Barcelona (Barcelona, ES), Festival de Automne à Paris (Paris,PT)

Support | Theatre of Freiburg (Freiburg, DE), Mattatoio – Azienda Speciale Palaexpo (Rome, IT)