The Two Fridas - an online magazine

Issue 2:

International perspectives


Devising under lockdown


Las dos Fridas


The life of Amrita Sher-Gil


and much more


Welcome to the second issue of The Two Fridas interactive magazine – a creative exploration of the parallel lives of two of the twentieth century’s most daring and controversial women artists.

Our cover video features a clip from an exciting new film from one of our international partners, Ballet La Grana Beatriz Romirez, Autlan, Jalisco. The Mexican company has worked with a filmmaker to produce a filmed version of their interpretation of the themes of Las dos Fridas.

You can watch the full film exclusively, right here in this issue of the Two Fridas.

Amrita Sher-Gil – the other ‘Frida’ for the purposes of our project – is the subject of a new documentary by another of our partners, the Amrita Sher-Gil Cultural Centre at the Embassy of India in Hungary. We are proud to present this fascinating look at the life of Amrita for the very first time, right here in this issue of our magazine.

Balbir Singh has also been busy with his interpretation of The Two Fridas. In this issue we look at the ideas informing the work, and how he weaves dance, music and storytelling into a unified, immersive whole.

Despite the incredibly challenging situation for performing artists at the moment, the irrepressible Balbir recently presented a short extract from the work-in-progress to a live audience. We'll feature the performance in the next issue. Meanwhile, to whet your appetite, we take a look at the fascinating way Balbir’s company is devising and rehearsing in lockdown conditions.

Another of our Mexican partners, renowned painter Carmen Avalos, has also been inspired by our Two Fridas project. She has been working on a new artwork exploring the symbolism behind the project, and in this issue we present Carmen’s finished painting.

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Olga Maloney and Balbir Singh

“We are so excited to be providing a pioneering looking-glass into how dance theatre productions may appear in the future. Like other festivals and theatre companies around the world, we have been searching for ways to stage our work whilst simultaneously keeping audiences, performers and venue staff safe during these unprecedented times.”

Olga Maloney

Balbir Singh and Olga Maloney at Billingham International Festival. Photo Doug Moody

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Inside issue 2 of The Two Fridas

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Photo: Doug Moody

Creating a narrative that weaves dance, storytelling and music together is Balbir Singh's speciality

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Photo: Lois Elsdon

The irrepressible Balbir Singh Dance Company has been finding ways to create work during the pandemic

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Ballet La Grana

A folkloristic ballet inspired by the The Two Fridas. We present the mesmerising Las dos Fridas

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Carmen Avalos

Renowned artist Carmen Avalos has been exploring the The Two Fridas themes on canvas