Mark DeGarmo Dance presents "Las Fridas"
Mark DeGarmo Dance
Las Fridas returns for a limited New York engagement in January 2020 after its November 2019 run sold out 5 performances. The 60-minute duet is inspired by the life and work of Mexican painter and revolutionary, Frida Kahlo. This season, the audience has the opportunity to experience the surreal 60-minute work in an intimate setting with limited seating: Mark DeGarmo Dance Studio Theater 310.
Thursday, January 9, 2020, 8pm (MDD Studio Theater 310)
Friday, January 10, 2020, 8:35pm (30-minute excerpt at Ailey Studio Theatre)
Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8pm (MDD Studio Theater 310)
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 3pm (MDD Studio Theater 310)
Monday, January 13, 2020, 8pm (MDD Studio Theater 310)
Mark DeGarmo Dance Studio Theater 310
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, 107 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002
Subway: F/M/J/Z to Delancey/Essex
The Ailey Studio Theatre (at the Construction Company Dance Showcase as part of the APAP 2020 Conference), in the lower level (LLC), 405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
Subway: 1/A/C/B/D to Columbus Circle or N/Q/R/W to 57th Street
Tickets: $35. To Purchase Tickets: www.lasfridas2020.givesmart.com
APAP attendees: please call MDD to reserve a complimentary ticket at 212-375-9214.
November audience members remarked the work is not only “genius” and “brilliant in composition and execution” but “in a way, frightening... the way great art always should be.” The piece is “not scared to push the audience right up to the edge that the performers are living on” and “wonderfully in your face, both literally and metaphorically.”
Artistic associates for over 30 years, Marie Baker-Lee and director/choreographer Mark DeGarmo will perform the dual Dark Frida and Light Frida roles. DeGarmo recalls that “due to the sudden illness of one of the women over age 60 performing one week before the December 2015 NYC previews, I assumed the role, adding gender fluidity, and exploding my previous assumptions... In Fridas’ work there are often two figures, sometimes two Fridas. What if all the different sides of herself, including the masculine and feminine, were made visible?”
The work explores a transcultural, transdisciplinary art, theater, and performance space, while the sum of its two parts suggests a strange new surrealistic view of Frida’s life and traumas. It is inspired by the duality of sun and moon, mother and child, sacred and secular, ancient and current as they appear in Kahlo's artwork. Las Fridas challenges its audiences to examine their own history, heritage and assumptions about Kahlo, gender, power relations and aging. The implicit question the work proposes is: “What might Frida Kahlo’s life been like had she lived beyond the age of 47?”
In making an offering of this work to the world of the living and the dead, Mark 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.
NY critics heralded Las Fridas as “brilliant,” “mesmerizing,” and “fearless.”
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