Paraíso – Colecção Privada (Paradise – A Private Collection) by Marlene Monteiro Freitas is a choreographic concert exploring mythology, animality and authority with a hint of sexuality and fetishism. Composed of scenes that are beautiful and ugly, tender and violent, strange and familiar, the piece revels in otherness and the inexplicable.

Paraíso – Colecção Privada examines the concept of paradise but the paradise created by Freitas is far from traditional or Christian – it is a bizarre, oppressive and overwhelming place. The performanceis a sexist fantasy turned on its head; Freitas herself acts as a grotesque mistress exerting her power over four animal-like men. Like the title of the piece suggests, paradise is always a private, personal concept. It is only ever paradise for those in power and sometimes paradise can be surprisingly similar to hell.

At the 2013 Side Step Festival, Marlene Monteiro Freitas thrilled the audience with her trenchant imitation of Prince in (M)imosa. This year, she brings her own work to the festival. Freitas is a dancer and choreographer from Cape Verde and she is a member of the Portuguese arts collective Bomba Suicida. Freitas is an emerging young choreographer who is known for her singular and peculiar style. 

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Choreography Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Performers Yair Barelli, Lorenzo de Angelis, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Lander Patrick, Andreas Merk
Music Marlene Monteiro Freitas (with the support of: Nosfell and Tiago Cerqueira)
Lighting and Sound Design Yannick Fouassier
Research and image João Francisco Figueira, Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Costumes Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Current production P.OR.K
Distribution Key Performance
Original Production Bomba Suicida – Associação de Promoção Cultural.
Co-production Les Spectacles Vivants – Le Centre Pompidou, L'échangeur – CDC Picardie, CCN de Tours, CCN Rilieux-La-Pape, CCN Ballet National de Marseille, CDC Uzès Danse, Festival Circular, Maria Matos Teatro Municipal.
Supported by Départs, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Alkantara, Atelier, Centre National Danse Contemporaine Angers, [DNA] Departures and Arrivals and Creative Europe Programme of the EU.
Photos Hervé Véronèse, José Pedro Martins

Duration 80 min.

Tickets 25/15 €

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.