Seven statues wake up to a new life on stage. They move mechanically to the rhythms of pop music, oriental sounds and live percussion as they try to transform themselves into humans.
Marlene Monteiro Freitas draws upon Ovid’s tale of the sculptor Pygmalion whose immortal love of an ivory statue makes it come alive and studies this poetic metamorphosis with and ensemble of music and dancers. The audience is invited to a ball populated by grotesque figures and statues that move clumsily and jerkily, almost like puppets, yet infused with inner yearnings for feeling and love.
Choreography Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Performance Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Andreas Merk, Betty Tchomanga, Lander Patrick, Cookie (percussion), Tomás Moital (percussion), Miguel Filipe (percussion)
Light and space Yannick Fouassier
Live Music Cookie (percussion)
Edition and soundTiago Cerqueira
Research João Francisco Figueira, Marlene Monteiro Freitas
ProductionP.OR.K (Lisbon, PT)
Duration 80 minutes
Distribution Key Performance (Stockholm, SE)
Coproduction O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo (PT); Alkantara Festival, Lisbon (PT); Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Lisbon (PT); Bomba Suicida, Lisbon (with the support of DGArtes, PT); CCN Rillieux-la-pape (FR); Musée de la danse, Rennes (FR); Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR); Festival Montpellier Danse 2014, Montpellier (FR); ARCADI, Paris (FR); CDC Toulouse/Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse (FR); Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitaine, Bordeaux (FR); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bruxelas (BE); WP Zimmer, Antwerp (BE); NXTSTP (with the support of the EU Culture Programme)
With the support of ACCCA – Companhia Clara Andermatt, Lisbon (PT)
Acknowledgements Staresgrime (PT), Dr. Ephraim Nold
Presented in collaboration with Black Box Theatre.