The Two Fridas - an online magazine

Issue 3:

After the performance


A photographic record of the première of Balbir Singh's The Two Fridas at Bowes Museum


Welcome to the third 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.

In this issue we celebrate and look back at the première of The Two Fridas at Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

To devise, develop, rehearse and perform new work during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging process, to say the least. Nevertheless, thanks to the tenacity and initiative of our performers and many partners, we were able on the evening of 19 September to present the world (socially-distanced) première of The Two Fridas.

So a huge thank you to everyone concerned – staff and volunteers from both Bowes Museum and Billingham International Festival, dancers, musicians and support staff at Balbir Singh Dance Company, and of course to the audience, whose commitment to attend despite the obvious complications of doing so in such challenging times, made all the hard work worthwhile.

We hope you enjoy our photo album of the evening. This is our final issue of The Two Fridas interactive magazine for now, though we hope to publish more creative online content soon.

So do keep in touch with developments – Balbir Singh Dance Company never stops creating new work so there will be lots to enjoy over the coming months.

And next year we will be back with Billingham International Festival to perform a fuller, more in-depth theatre work on the lives of two of the twentieth century’s most daring and controversial women artists – The Two Fridas.

Olga Maloney and Balbir Singh

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Olga Maloney introducing the première of The Two Fridas. Photo Malcolm Johnson

Balbir Singh directs a final dress rehearsal of The Two Fridas. Photo Malcolm Johnson

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The canvas

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No time to wait

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The jigsaw

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World première

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