Introduction

by Olga Maloney

The life and paintings of Frida Khalo have always fascinated me, especially after my several visits to Mexico and seeing the huge influence the visual arts made and are still making on the Mexican cultural canvas.

Researching Frida Khalo I came across Amrita Sher-Gil, the Hungarian/Indian painter who has often been referred to as the “Indian Frida Khalo”.

That’s how the idea of The Two Fridas was born. After further research, I found incredible parallels in the lives and work of those two female painters, united, yet apart.

After developing the initial idea, I invited Balbir Singh and his dance company, our company in residence, to develop the ideas further. The Two Fridas explores the story of these two remarkable artists through the medium of dance (Indian Classical, Mexican and contemporary), the fusion of Eastern and Western music, live narration and live painting on stage.

The Two Fridas, named after Frida Khalo’s signature painting, celebrates these ground-breaking women painters, who took inspiration from their cultural roots. Living and creating on two opposite sides of the world, Frida’s and Amrita‘s lives and paintings echoed each other, creating an invisible parallel between them.

I do hope you enjoy it.

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Olga Maloney is the Artistic Director of Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance (BIFF) and producer of theatrical shows with a focus on the fusion of different cultures, arts and sports. Read more...

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