“Las Fridas” is a 60-minute, 16-section duet choreographed and directed by Mark DeGarmo. It is a love letter to Mexico, an offering to painter and revolutionary Frida Kahlo, and a celebration of Kahlo’s life and artwork. The sum of the work’s two parts suggest a new art form, inspired by the duality of sun and moon, mother and child, sacred and secular, ancient and current as they appear in Kahlo’s artwork.
Three casts perform Kahlo’s gender fluidity: female-female, female-male, and male-male. Las Fridas does not recognize boundaries, barriers, and walls between dance, theater, visual arts, music, performance art, video, nations and nationalities. Rather, it meshes them.
The set, evoking Kahlo’s Blue House in Coyoacán, Mexico, is commissioned at each performance site in collaboration with local artists and community members. Fridas can be performed in multiple formal and informal venues including: black box, museum, cultural center, library, gallery, and studio.
New York critics heralded “Las Fridas” as “brilliant,” “mesmerizing.” and “fearless.” Audience members noted that DeGarmo’s finely crafted, meticulously detailed works “do nothing, while doing everything.” Audience members said that they were going home immediately to do everything they always wanted to do after witnessing this show.
Previously Performed at:
Salon Performance Series in Clemente Studio 310 – August 2014
Clemente Studio 517, NYC: December 16-20, 2015
Flamboyán Theater, NYC: April 20-24, 2016
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In offering this work for public viewing, DeGarmo pays homage to his mothers, grandmothers, mentors and friends, including renowned choreographers and dance educators Anna Sokolow and Hanya Holm, educational theorist Maxine Greene, and Living Theatre Co-Founder Judith Malina. Video projections of Maxine Greene’s hands at 93 and Judith Malina’s feet at 88 are incorporated into the multimedia presentation.