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 suggests 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. Las 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:
Alvin Ailey Studio Theater, January 12, 2018
Salon Performance Series at The Clemente Center, Studio 310, May 18, 2018; May 20, 2017; May 29 & 30, 2015; August 7-8, 2014; & June 15-17, 2011
Dig Dance Mexican Dance Festival, 92Y, May 5-6, 2017
Booking Dance Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center, January 7, 2017
NYC Previews: Co-Produced by The Clemente Center, Flamboyán Theater, April 20-24, 2016
NYC Previews: The Clemente Center, Studio 517, December 16-20, 2015
Cutlog Paris Contemporary Art Fair, NYC, May 16-17, 2014 & May 10 & 11, 2013
Webster Library, New York Public Library, September 29, 2011
Contact Bridget Ling, Administrative and Operations Manager, for more information about booking and tours of Las Fridas: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.