Jaguar is the name given to some horses, a dance piece and a marionette show. In Jaguar we are puppets and in this manipulated theatre, we entrust ourselves to others and to their hands: Mandinga d' Soncent, Wolfli, Blaue Reiter, Prince, Hoffman, among others. While they are radically different, they are also our own extension.

Jaguar is an excerpt, a hunting scene, or indeed a haunted hunting scene.Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Marlene Monteiro Freitas was born in Cabo Verde where she was a member and co-founder of the dance group Compass and collaborated with the musician Vasco Martins. She has studied at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels), at E.S.D. and at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon). She is a co-founder of P.OR.K.

Two of Freitas’s works have been presented at Zodiak before: (M)imosa, a project developed together with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea and Paraíso - Colecção Privada. Andreas Merk, the co-creator of Jaguar, was one of the performers in the latter, impressing the audience with his intense interpretation of Psycho Killer by Talking Heads.

Read more about the performance from Niko Hallikainens Okulaari.

Read about João Francisco Figueiras ideas about the performance here.

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Choreography Marlene Monteiro Freitas, in collaboration with Andreas Merk
Performance Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Andreas Merk
Lighting design Yannick Fouassier
Sound design Tiago Cerqueira
Horse (prop) João Francisco Figueira
Research João Francisco Figueira & Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Special thanks to Betty Tchomanga’s eyes

Duration 120 min

Production P.OR.K (Lisbon)
Distribution Key Performance (Stockholm)
Co-production Zodiak – Center for New Dance, CDC Toulouse (Toulouse), Teatro Municipal do Porto, Rivoli (Porto), Arsenic (Lausanne), Maria Matos Teatro Municipal (Lissabon), Alkantara (Lisbon), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-novo), MDT (Stockholm), Festival Paris quartier d´été (Paris), Les Spectacles Vivants - Centre Pompidou (Paris), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Espaces Pluriels (PAU), A-CDC (Art danse - CDC Dijon Bourgogne, La Briqueterie - CDC du Val-de-Marne, Le Cuvier - CDC d'Aquitaine, L'échangeur - CDC Picardie, Le Gymnase | CDC Roubaix - Nord Pas de Calais, le Pacifique | CDC - Grenoble, CDC Paris Réseau Danse, Pôle Sud - CDC Strasbourg en préfiguration, CDC Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées, CDC Uzès danse)
Residency support STUK (Leuven), Tanzhaus Zürich
Support Trafó (Budapest), ACCCA – Companhia Clara Andermatt (Lisbon)

Photos Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Giulio Romano, Joeri Thiry / STUK Leuven

This performance takes place in the frame of the project [DNA] Departures and Arrivals which is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU.

Post-performance discussion on 11.10.

Tickets 23/15 €
Ticket sales starts on July 27.