Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Marlene Monteiro Freitas was born in Cabo Verde where she was co-founder and member of the dance group Compass, and collaborated with the musician Vasco Martins. After her dance studies at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), at E.S.D. and at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon), she developed a dance project with the community of Cova da Moura (Lisbon), entitled “we will not have dance classes, we will rehearse”.
Her creations include Of ivory and flesh – statues also suffer (2014); Paradise – private collection (2012-13); (M)imosa (2011), a project developed with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea; 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 worked with Emmanuelle Huynn, Loic Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Boris Charmatz, among others. She is the co-founder of P.OR.K.
Andreas Merk was born in Germany, studied dance and theatre in Frankfurt (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst) Brussels (P.A.R.T.S.) and Switzerland (Scuola Teatro Dimitri). He appeared in productions by various directors and choreographers on stage and screen; Tomer Heymann, Idit Herman, Nicolas Steman, Falk Richter, Tania Carvalho, Inbal Pinto&Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, MataNicola, Noa Shadur, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Richard Siegel amongst others.