Marlene Monteiro Freitas

Mal – Embriaguez divina

Having previously taken the Athens Epidaurus Festival audiences by storm with her performances Bacchae and of ivory and flesh - statues also suffer, unconventional choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas (Silver Lion, Biennale di Venezia 2018) returns with her latest production: yet another wild performance brimming with demonic elements, transformation, surrealism, and copious amounts of humour. Serving as a choir on a podium, her company of dancers, explores Evil as “divine drunkenness”, as suggested by the title of the piece, as well as a prerequisite for ecstasy, artistic creativity, and social upheaval, with theatre stage serving as the space wherein this force is unleashed.

The performance uses stroboscopic effects

June 30: Post-show talk with Marlene Monteiro Freitas. Moderated by Stefanie Carp with Konstantinos Tzikas


The successful collaboration launched in 2021 between the Athens Epidaurus Festival and the Postgraduate Studies Programme of the Department of Theatre Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, continues this year at the heart of Peiraios 260, building an invaluable bridge between theory and practice. Half an hour before our admission to the theatre venues, young theatre researchers will whet our appetite for the much-anticipated performances, hone our sensibility, and decipher the often challenging “codes” of contemporary performing arts.

*The Prologue initiative will take place before the start of international productions