29.5.–9.6.2024 Cologne, Düsseldorf and Mülheim an der Ruhr

Marga Alfeirão with Mariana Benengue, Myriam Lucas and Shaka Lion

Two dancers, snug insdie a cocoon of light and fog. Pulsating sound. This erotically charged duet is fuelled by a delight in giving and taking, at times explicitly, at times tenderly, always with a shared vibe.

05.06., 21:00–21:50 Ticket Schedule 07.06., 22:00–22:50 Ticket Schedule 08.06., 20:30–21:20 Ticket Schedule

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Physical introduction
5.6., 20:00, with Ada Sternberg
8.6., 19:30, with Bettina Nampé
One hour before the performance begins, the audience is invited to tune in to the performance in a "physical introduction".
This takes place in cooperation with the Centre for Contemporary Dance at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. No registration or prior knowledge required.

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© Mayra Wallraf
© Mayra Wallraf
© Mayra Wallraf
© Mayra Wallraf
© Mayra Wallraf
© Mayra Wallraf

LOUNGE is a place where opposites – movement and rest, giving and receiving, the private and the public – meet and merge into a transitory space not ruled by frantic comings and goings but encounter and recovery. Marga Alfeirão, whose work has been greatly influenced by the dances and sounds of the African diaspora, understands relaxation – lounging – as a way of reclaiming female eroticism and in her “lesbian lap dance duet” has managed to create a choreography of hypnotic care and beauty.

“A sort of ode to the sexual relationship between people in its purest form, with no expectations, refined and reduced.” Richard Pettifer, tanzschreiber.de


Concept: Marga Alfeirão
Performance: Mariana Benengue, Myriam Lucas
Mixing: Shaka Lion
Scenography: Yoav Admoni
Costume Design: Nani Bazar
Light Design: Thais Nepomuceno, Jette Büchsenschütz
Kontakt für Gastspielanfragen: Giulia Messia, email hidden; JavaScript is required


A production by Marga Alfeirão in co-production with the Sophiensæle, Berlin.


Marga Alfeirão (Lisbon,1994) uses media to create safe spaces for the exploration of intimacy and sexuality through dance and performance. Heavily influenced by dance genres and sound textures from the African diaspora disseminated through Lisbon’s social fabric, she attempts an active claim of womanhood, making room for lesbian sensualities. In 2023 she premiered LOUNGE, a lesbian lap dance duet, at Tanztage in Sophiensæle (Berlin). Last year together with Camila Malenchini, she premiered ‘Wet Eyez’, a work on emotional bodies and fantasy. She has worked with choreographers Tamara Alegre, Antonja Livingstone, architect Afaina de Jong, among others. She is active in the Portuguese ballroom scene as a founding member of the Casa das Musas. In Berlin she started ‘COYOTE PRETTY UGLY’, a 4-member 10-minute act to perform at lesbian queer nights in the city. Having graduated with a BA in Dance and Choreography from HZT Berlin (2017–2021), she initiated ‘Lapdances to Ringtones and Lullabies’, a research project into erotics and rest. She is currently developing a new work on cheesiness, grief and queerness with Myriam Lucas, Mariana Benengue and herself working as dancers, the DJs Nidia and Shaka Lion and the writers Duygu Agal and Candice Nembhard.