Bacchae – Prelude to a Purge


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.

Choreography | Marlene Monteiro Freitas

With | Andreas Merk, Henri “Cookie” Lesguillier, Cláudio Silva, Flora Détraz, Gonçalo Marques, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Johannes Krieger, Lander Patrick, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Micael Pereira, Miguel Filipe, Tomás Moital, Yaw Tembe

Light | Space | Yannick Fouassier

Costumes | Marlene Monteiro Freitas with the support of Andreas Merk and Yannick Fouassier

Sound | Tiago Cerqueira

Stools | João Francisco Figueira, Luís Miguel Figueira

Stage management | André Calado

Research | Marlene Monteiro Freitas, João Francisco Figueira

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

Distribution | Key Performance (Stockholm, SE)

Co-production | Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (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) within FEDER fund for 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 | Polo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista (Lisboa, PT); 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 – – within the residence programme 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)

Picture| Rosa Reis – CHLC0222, Colecção Caeiro Carrasco