Don’t miss the premiere of Self Portrait on May 2!

Friday, March 28, 2008

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[frida2smtxt.jpg goes here] In May, the World Premiere of Self-Portrait will be presented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of the Art After 5 series. The one-night-only performance will take place on Friday, May 2nd at 6pm and 7:30pm in the Great Hall of the Museum, located at 26thStreet and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. For additional information about the Museum’s Frida Kahlo exhibit and Art After 5, visit www.philamuseum.org.

Self-Portrait is deeply inspired by Frida Kahlo’s paintings and diaries, reflecting on both the artist’s struggles with illness and her penchant for self-expression. Performed by Miro’s co-Artistic Director Amanda Miller, the multi-dimensional “living performance sculpture” combines dance, live animation, elaborate set design, and video.

A constant theme in the work of Frida Kahlo, the idea of self-portrait is timeless and universal. The notion of constantly looking at oneself and continuously exploring ones identity and the ways in which we reinvent and integrate our experiences has become of great interest to Miro Dance Theatre as a company.

“Our intention was to create a performance that, like Frida’s paintings and writings, reaches well beyond the canvas and into the hearts of audience members,” said Amanda Miller. “There is a great perseverance and rebelliousness in Frida’s work, like a dogmatic positioning against theworld, and I hope that Self-Portrait will resonate with and inspire viewers to ask their own questions about identity and history.”

To create the visual design, Tobin Rothlein, Miro co-Artistic Director and video artist, used Kahlo’s diaries as inspiration for the visual design elements incorporated into the performance.

“I looked closely at Frida’s diaries and the way that the ink spreads itself across, and sometimes through, the page. There is that undeniable hand-made urgency present in the drawings,” said Rothlein. “Through the use of projected imagery in the performance space and on the dancer’s body, we create a multi-dimensional, living performance sculpture that is raw, melodic, and spiritual and captures the essence of Frida’s life and work.”