The Two Fridas

‘United yet apart’ – a celebration of the lives of two extraordinary women artists.

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The Two Fridas - Frida Kahlo (1939)

The Two Fridas is a fusion of dance, music and art to tell the story of two major artists of the twentieth century: Amrita Sher-Gil and Frida Kahlo.

Named after Frida Kahlo’s signature painting of the same name, the performance combines Kathak classical Indian dance, western contemporary dance, Mexican dance and live music to celebrate Frida and Amrita.  The two painters had much in common.  They shared a love of colour and self-portraits, experienced agonies of love and were revolutionary in their day but they never met – they were ‘united yet apart.’

This spectacular show is the brainchild of Olga Maloney and Balbir Singh, regular artistic collaborators who have worked together on such innovative works as Peacock Lake and The Creative Spirit of John Curry, and features an original score by Joe Harris.

The work is part of an exciting creative partnership with Billingham International Festival Of World Dance, and has attracted CIOFF members from across the world including Hungary and Mexico.

‘I used to think I was the strangest person in the world, but then I thought: there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me, who feels bizarre and flawed in the same way as I do. I would imagine her and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too.’ – Frida Kahlo

 

Photo: Malcolm Johnson

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