Mal – Embriaguez Divina


Touring production
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Mal, by Marlene Monteiro Freitas, takes the form of a theatrical and grotesque trial that examines evil in all its forms. “Evil” does not only represent “badness” but is expressed in a multitude of forms that have rendered it a determining aspect of many stories.

Piccolo Teatro Strehler

Evil in all its widest meanings takes to the stage, embodied by a range of creatures and voices. Marlene Monteiro Freitas explores the numerous forms of evil that exist in our society through a group of dancers and actors who, through the movement of their bodies or with words (exclusively onomatopoeic), appear as prisoners in a catatonic state; sitting on a three-level stand like judges at a trial that punishes and condemns all forms of irregularity, they move through all the inquisitions in history. Mal can take on the meaning of unease, discomfort, pain, suffering, agony, sadness, torment, defect, horror, and—lastly—evil. It is this very multi-form aspect that has rendered evil dominant in so many stories and situations. The work presents a cast of disturbing yet fascinating characters with carnival-like personalities and expressiveness.

Duration: 105’

The Playbill

Mal – Embriaguez Divina
choreography Marlene Monteiro Freitas
assistance Lander Patrick de Andrade
with Andreas Merk, Francisco Rolo, Henri “Cookie” Lesguillier, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Joãozinho da Costa, Mariana Tembe, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Miguel Filipe, Tonan Quito, 
light Yannick Fouassier
space Yannick Fouassier, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Miguel Figueira
dramaturgy Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Martin Valdés-Stauber
sound Rui Dâmaso, Rui Antunes 
stage manager and light operation João Chicó
props Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Flávio Martins
costumes Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Marisa Escaleira
research Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Martin Valdés-Stauber João Francisco Figueira
production P.OR.K - Soraia Gonçalves, Joana Costa Santos (Lisbon, PT), 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); Festival d’Automne -Les Spectacles Vivants/Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR); NEXT festival (Eurometropolis Lille, Kortrijk, Tournai & Valenciennes (BE,FR); Ruhrtriennale (Bochum, DE); TANDEM Scène nationale (Douai – Arras, FR); Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto, PT); Theater Freiburg (Freiburg, DE); Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, AT)

With the support of CML – Câmara Municipal de Lisboa (Lisbon, PT); Dançando com a Diferença (Funchal, PT); Fabrica Europa|PARC- Performing Arts Research Center (Florence, IT); La Gare – Fabrique des arts en mouvement (Le Relecq-Kerhuon, FR); Pólo Cultural das Gaivotas | Boavista (Lisboa, PT); Reykjavík Dance Festival (Reykjavík, IC)

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