Canine Jaunâtre 3

Batsheva Dance Company, Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas

“Where the heart beats, is not where the heart parks…to be, instead of saying or telling; truly make the fake; focus on situations, on figures, and on fiction.”

Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Following her performance at the 2016 Israel Festival with Of Ivory and Flesh – Statues also Suffer, Ohad Naharin invited groundbreaking choreographer Monteiro Fritas to create a new piece for the Batsheva Dance Company, which will be performed in a world premiere at the Jerusalem Festival.

Monteiro Freitas describes Canine Jaunâtre 3 as a Lego construction site dominated by figurines and ran as a rowdy circus. In this imaginary world, comprised of elements like scaffolding and dust, various tasks, accidents and more, 17 dancers move in a trance-like existence that is riddled with contradictions: construction and deconstruction, work and slothfulness, activity and sluggishness.

Monteiro Freitas’s works are characterized by intensity, honesty, and rawness. In her rare collaboration with Batsheva dancers, she invites them to think beyond the virtuosity of the body – to undergo a process of metamorphosis in order to create non-hierarchical bodies, which are not governed by a brain, not pulsed by a heart. To produce an imaginary reflection where, as in a dream, intensities are shifted and exchanged.

Marlene Monteiro Freitas received the prestigious Silver Lion for Dance at Venice Biennale 2018.

The 1.6 show will be followed by a conversation with Marlene Monteiro Freitas (in English).

Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Assistance to the Choreographer: Andreas Merk

Lighting Design: Yannick Fouassier  

Set Design: Yannick Fouassier, Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Research: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, João Francisco Figueira

Acknowledgements: P.OR.K – Bruna Antonelli, Sandra Azevedo; Key Performance – Koen Vanhove; Marco da Silva Ferreira.


Batsheva Dance Company / Company & Stage Manager: Yaniv Nagar / Senior Rehearsal Director: Luc Jacobs / Coproduction: Festival Montpellier Danse 2018, Julidans Festival Amsterdam / Performers: Etay Axelrod, Billy Barry, Yael Ben Ezer, Matan Cohen, Ben Green, Hsin-Yi Hsiang, Chunwoong Kim, Rani Lebzelter, Hugo Marmelada, Eri Nakamura, Nitzan Ressler, Yoni (Yonatan) Simon, Kyle Scheurich, Maayan Sheinfeld, Amalia Smith, Imre Van Opstal, Erez Zohar.

Israeli dance shows at the Festival – sponsored by
Altshuler Shaham Investment House

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