April 19 - May 2, 2022

Prender-si cura
La Pelanda
Prender-si cura
La Pelanda


Cape Vert / Portugal



Pandora's myth probably first surfaced as the answer to the age-old question: why do people get sick and die? Why do bad things happen? Although Pandora is often despised as the bringer of evil, she also brought fertility, since birth and death did not exist before she released them.

In this performance IDIOTA sneaks into Pandora’s box in a wish to spy on Hope. After sliding into the core of the box, he will be challenged: Hope will meet Agitation and throw herself from wall to wall, edge to edge; Agitation will crawl into the lock, displacing it throughout the space; Idiota’s senses and self-orientation will be fully assaulted, turning windows into mirrors, the door into a self-portrait… In order to find his way out, Idiota must tackle these challenges.

At the origin of this new creation of the Cape Verdean choreographer lies a dialogue between her work and that of the painter Alex Silva (1974-2019), a commission of CNAD, in Mindelo, Cape Verde.



Creation and performance | Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Choreography Assistance | Hsin-Yi Hsiang

Space | Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Miguel Figueira, Yannick Fouassier

Light | Yannick Fouassier

Sound | Rui Antunes

Costumes | Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Marisa Escaleira

Production | P.OR.K (Sandra Azevedo, Soraia Gonçalves - Lisbon, PT)

Diffusion| Key Performance (Stockholm, SE)  

Co - Production | CNAD – Centro Nacional de Arte, Artesanato e Design (Mindelo, CV); Festival d’Automne in Paris; Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels, BE); Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, AT)


Marlene Monteiro Freitas (Cape Verde, 1979) studied dance at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, in Lisbon at the Escola Superior de Dança and at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

In her native country, Cape Verde, she co-founded the dance group Compass and collaborates with musician Vasco Martins. She worked with Emmanuelle Huynh, Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Boris Charmatz, among others. Her creations include: Bacchae - Prelude to a Purge (2017), Jaguar (2015), with Andreas Merk, of ivory and flesh - statues also suffer (2014), Paradise - private collection (2012-13), (M)imosa, co-created with Trajal Harrell, François Chaignaud and Cecilia Bengolea (2011), Guintche (2010), A Seriedade do Animal (2009-10), Uns e Outros (2008), A Improbabilidade da Certeza (2006), Larvar (2006), Primeira Impressão (2005). The common denominator of these works is openness, impurity and intensity. In 2017 Portuguese Society of Authors (SPA), awarded Jaguar, the prize for the best choreography and in the same year she was distinguished by the government of Cape Verde for her cultural achievement.
In 2018 created the piece Canine Jaunâtre 3 for Batsheva Dance Company. Still in 2018 La Biennale di Venezia has awarded MMF with the Silver Lion for Dance.
In 2019, at the invitation of BoCA - Biennial of Contemporary Arts (Lisbon & Porto, PT) creates CATTIVO, a live installation of music stands and other materials that has been re-presented since then.
In 2020, her piece Bacantes – Prelude to a Purge received the Prize for Best International Performance by Les Prémis de la Critica d’Arts Escèniques de Barcelona.
In August 2020, premieres MAL – Embriaguez Divina premiered in Kampnagel, Hamburg, counting in 2021 with a world tour.
In July 2021, presents her newest creation Pierrot Lunaire with Ingo Metzmacher at WienerFestwochen, Vienna.
Still in 2021, it presents Un (common) Ground in various locations in the city of Lisbon, a cycle of exhibitions and conferences that explores the inscription in the arts of the dispute for land that some call Palestine and Israel, the stage of one of the most persistent conflicts the planet.
Marlene has an ongoing collaboration with O Espaço do Tempo (PT). She is the co-founder of P.OR.K, her production structure in Lisbon (PT).


part of

dal 1 December 2021
residences closed to the public

Prender-si cura is the name of the artistic research and production residency programme devised and curated by Ilaria Mancia, held in the spaces of La Pelanda at the Mattatoio. A group of artists are invited to develop their research, ranging from dance and theatrical performance to visual art, music and video.


June 1 - July 1, 2022
residence closed to the public
Padiglione 9B, Performer: Prinz Gholam
13 luglio, ore 12-13
13 luglio, ore 12-13
13 luglio, ore 12-13