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After a fantastic response to the World Premiere of The Two Fridas performed at The Bowes Museum in County Durham in September 2020, Balbir Singh Dance Company in collaboration with Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance (BIFF) will be touring the production during July and August 2021.

The Two Fridas will be heading to venues across Billingham, County Durham, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees.  It will also feature a new dynamic, drawing on the fractious marital relationship between Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera as well as showcasing a display of live painting delivered by various local painters.

Photo by Malcom Johnson

The Two Fridas Summer Tour:

Holy Rosary Primary School, Billingham (Friday 9th July)

Ushaw College Garden, County Durham (Saturday July 10th)

Darlington Town Centre, Market Square (Thursday July 22nd)

Stockton Library, Stockton-on-Tees (Friday August 6th)

Albert Park, Middlesbrough (Saturday August 7th)

Tees Barrage International White Water Centre, Stockton-on-Tees (Sunday August 8th)

The Forum Theatre, Billingham (Friday August 13th)

Preston Park Museum, Stockton on Tees (Saturday August 21st)

Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar (Sunday August 22nd)

All of the ticket details can be found at www.billinghamfestival.com

‘This show represents how two women’s struggle to tackle adversity can be used as an inspiration for us all to deal with what life throws at us.’ – Balbir Singh

Photo by Malcom Johnson

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