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Summoned to stand trial on stage, evil is articulated here through its creatures’ bodies and voices. A cathartic work on a universal theme.

Satan, the Antichrist, Lucifer, the Devil: all of these figures personify Evil and, in different eras and cultures, they may take the form of a witch, an animal, a mutant or, simply, a woman. A useful scare tactic for religions, representations of Evil have also long inspired artists. Now it is Marlene Monteiro Freitas’ turn to explore multiple incarnations of Evil with nine performers, including four actors from the Kammerspiele of Munich, one of the most prestigious theatre companies in Germany. Perpetrators or witnesses of malicious acts, haunted by terrifying visions, exposed to bacteriological perils – the performers reveal all that is rotten, impure, doomed and horrid that we associate with the notion of evil. According to author Georges Bataille, the driving force of human activity is the desire to escape as far as possible from this fateful reality. Marlene Monteiro Freitas has chosen, on the contrary, to confront us with our demons. The better to ward them off?




In Lyon metropolitan area



Company P.OR.K | Choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas | Production support Lander Patrick | Performers Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Francisco Rolo, Henri “Cookie” Lesguillier, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Joãozinho da Costa, Mariana Tembe, Majd Feddah, Miguel Filipe | Lighting and decors Yannick Fouassier | Stage director André Calado | Assitant director Miguel Figueira | Research Marlene Monteiro Freitas & João Francisco Figueira | Playwriting Martin Valdés-Stauber | Sound creation Rui Dâmaso | Research Marlene Monteiro Freitas, João Francisco Figueira | Playwriting Martin Valdés-Stauber | Costume creation Marisa Escaleira

Direction Key Performance (Stockholm, Suède) | Production P.OR.K (Bruna Antonelli, Sandra Azevedo, Soraia Gonçalves - Lisbonne, Portugal), Münchner Kammerspiele (Munich, Allemagne) | Coproduction Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2021, Pôle européen de création - Ministère de la Culture/Maison de la Danse, Culturgest (Lisbonne, Portugal), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin, Allemagne), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles, Belgique), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Francfort, Allemagne), International Summer Festival Kampnägel (Hamburg, Allemagne), Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou, NEXT festival (Eurometropolis Lille, Kortrijk, Tournai, Valenciennes), Ruhrtriennale (Bochum, Allemagne), Tandem Scène nationale (Douai, France), Teatro Municipal do Porto (Portugal), Theater Freiburg (Allemagne), Wiener Festwochen (Vienne, Autriche) | Supported by CML – Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Dançando com a diferença (Funchal, Portugal), Fabbrica Europa PARC - Performing Arts Research Center (Florence, Italie), La Gare – Fabrique des arts en mouvement (Le Relecq-Kerhuon), Polo Cultural Gaivotas Boavista (Portugal), Reykjavík Dance Festival (Ireland), Ministère de la Culture/ DGArtes (Portugal)

Création 2020 / A Biennale and Pôle européen de création co-production Co-hosted by the Théâtre National Populaire, Villeurbanne

La question de l'animalité est toujours présente dans mon travail. Quoi que je fasse, je suis du côté des affects, des émotions.

Marlene Monteiro Freitas