«Ôss» is the Creole word for bone. Bones have a biological function; they protect our organs and provide a flexible yet strong scaffolding for the body throughout our lives. But they also have a completely different significance; spiritually, for example, they are seen as the keepers and revealers of ancient secrets.
In her latest work, choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas tackles these various levels of meaning, shifts parts of the human skeleton and reassembles it. A foot serves as the brain, the heart as an elbow and a knee becomes the liver. The audience can look forward to a visually stunning, opulent performance that is both thoroughly disturbing and oddly satisfying.
Marlene Monteiro Freitas, who was born in Cape Verde and now lives in Portugal, has been celebrated for many years as one of the most distinctive contemporary choreographers. Monteiro Freitas has received numerous awards for her works and collaborated on «ÔSS» with the inclusive dance company Cia. Dançando com a Diferença, which has been bringing people with and without disabilities together on stage since 2001.
Performance: Bárbara Matos, Bernardo Graça, Joana Caetano, Maria. João Pereira, Mariana Tembe, Rui João Costa, Sara Rebolo
Choreography: Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Choreography Assistance: Hsin-Yi Hsiang
Creation Assistance: Paulo Sérgio BEJu e Telmo Ferreira
Light and Space: Yannick Fouassier
Sound: Rui Antunes
Costumes conception: Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Artistic Direction of Dançando com a Diferença: Henrique Amoedo
Production: Dançando com a Diferença and P.OR.K
Photo: Arquivo Dançando com a Diferença
Drawing: Joana Caetano
Photo Mariana Tembe: Júlio Silva Castro