Born in Cape Verde, Marlene Monteiro Freitas studied dance at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, at ESD and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon). She co-founded the Compass dance group in her home country and has worked with numerous choreographers, such as Emmanuelle Huynh, Loic Touzé, Tânia Carvalho and Boris Charmatz. Her creations include Primeira Impressão in 2005, A Improbabilidade da Certeza and Larvar in 2006, Uns e Outros in 2008, A Seriedade do Animal in 2009, a solo Guintche in 2010, (M)imosa in 2011 (in collaboration with Trajal Harell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea), Paraìso, colecçao privada in 2012, and De Marfim e carne – as estátuas também sofrem in 2014. In 2017, she created Les Bacchantes, based on the play of the same name by Euripides, followed by Prélude pour une purge, for 13 performers. In 2018, she created Canine Jaunâtre 3 for the Batsheva Dance company. She received the Silver Lion award at the Venice Biennale, and cofounded P.OR.K, a production company based in Lisbon.