Grec 2014: Frida

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Grec 2014: Frida
© Josep Aznar
Frida
Director and choreographer: Amelia Boluda. Dancers: Xavier Auquer, Darío Barreto Damas, Amelia Boluda, Bebeto Cidra, Anna Hierro Estorach, Roser López Espinosa, Sara López, Paloma Muñoz, Joan Palau.
 
This year marks 60 years since the death of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, and 21 years since the premiere, during the Festival of the Arts in San José (Costa Rica), of a dance performance choreographed by Amelia Boluda about the artist, with music by Xavier Maristany and interpreted by the Contemporary Ballet of Barcelona. This collective, born in 1977, was a pioneer in the world of contemporary dance in Catalonia, and the 1990s saw the story of Frida Kahlo performed in theatres in South America and Europe. Now the show is back with an updated look, as part of project of Boluda to get back to artistic and choreographic heritage as supported by the Grec. Kahlo's turbulent relationship that she had with painter Diego Rivera, her lovers, the revolutionary artists that shared her ideals, and the pain and joy of life are part of the work, with a fragmented narrative language that also shows, in addition to the artist's private life, how the Mexican people lived in the first half of the 20th century. In this new version, the musicians are also on stage and share space with dancers who portray the experiences of a Frida Kahlo who became a universal icon.
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