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Marlene Monteiro Freitas BACCHAE – PRELUDE TO A PURGE

ROHM Theatre Kyoto Program


Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival 2018
Marlene Monteiro Freitas BACCHAE – PRELUDE TO A PURGE

2018.10.20 (SAT) – 10.21 (SUN)

Music Dance South Hall
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The seven trumpets of the Apocalypse as shotguns or...?
A libidinous, Bacchic landscape unfolds...

Marlene Monteiro Freitas studied dance under Rosas artistic director Anne Teresa De Keersmaeke and has collaborated with the likes of François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea in her impressive career. The winner of the Silver Lion for dance at the Venice Biennale 2018, she is today attracting attention all around the world for her outstanding talent. BACCHAE – PRELUDE TO A PURGE is the first time that Freitas has embarked on a project of this scale. Her choice of the Euripides tragedy The Bacchae as inspiration will not surprise those familiar with her work. This endeavor of applying a literary or psychological approach to dance is not a mere detour, though, but rather opens up the choreographer’s aesthetics. The human psyche finds itself torn by the contradictory forces of Apollo’s harmony and reason and the wild, instinctive influence of Dionysus (Bacchus). Her staging of The Bacchae evokes and disassembles the history of tragedy, while deftly evading expected narratives and rational interpretation. The performers are simultaneously the masters and puppets of sounds, freely shifting from dance movements to grotesque faces and theatrical gestures, all unfolding within the rich and powerful world that Marlene Monteiro Freitas constructs.


2018.10.20 (SAT) – 10.21 (SUN)

October 20 (Sat) 19:00-
October 21 (Sun) 16:00-◎*
◎ Childcare service available.
Please contact the Kyoto Experiment Office for more information.
* Post-performance talk
Details will be announced at a later date.

Venue : South Hall

Performance Time:135 min.



Audiences aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Born in 1979 Cape Verde, Marlene Monteiro Freitas is a lisbon-based dancer and choreographer. She studied dance at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels and at the Escola Superior de Dança and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon. The common denominator in the works she has choreographed is openness, impurity and intensity. Freitas has collaborated with many dancers including Kyoto Experiment past participating artists François Chaignaud, Cecilia Bengolea and Boris Charmatz. Since 2005 she has created and co-created over ten works that have been performed extensively at international festivals and institutions such as Festival TransAmériques, Centre Pompidou and HAU Hebbel am Ufer. In 2017 the Portuguese Society of Authors (SPA) awarded her work Jaguar (2015) the prize for best choreography. This year La Biennale di Venezia awarded Freitas the prestigious Silver Lion for Dance.


Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee
(Kyoto City, ROHM Theatre Kyoto [Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation],
Kyoto Art Center [Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation],
Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design)


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Adult Advance ¥3,500 / Day ¥4,000
Youth, Students Advance ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500
High School Students & Younger Advance and Day both ¥1,000
Pair ¥6,500 (Advance Only)
Youth Tickets: available for those aged 25 and under.

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2018.7.20 (FRI)

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