“With her magnetic presence and the Dionysian power of her performances, Marlene Monteiro Freitas is one of the greatest artistic surprises in recent years, as well as one of the greatest talents of her generation. As echoes of her homeland’s, Capo Verde’s, famous carnival, transformation and deformation, are constantly repeated in her shows: hybrid performances, full of music and joy, blurring the boundaries between the acceptable and the unacceptable, the tasteful and the grotesque. Drawing on emotions rather than logic, her choreographies spur the imagination, and open up wide the possibilities of a multiple self.” With these words, the Venice Biennial accompanied Marlene Monteiro Freitas’s Silver Lion award for Dance.

Monteiro Freitas is known to the Greek public since last year, when her “Bacchae: purification prelude” performance was featured at the Athens Festival’s Piraeus 260 stage. On the occasion of Monteiro Freitas’s Venice Biennial award, the Athens and Epidaurus Festival announces that the choreographer and her team, P.O.R.K., will also be included in this year’s program, presenting their work “Of ivory and flesh – statues also suffer”. Initially presented in 2014, this is the Monteiro Freitas and her group’s first production, catapulting her to the top of modern choreography. The performance is part of the [DNA] Departures and Arrivals network, sponsored by the Creative Europe Programme / European Commission.