See Self Portrait TONIGHT. Don’t miss it.

Friday, February 13, 2009

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Amanda Miller will perform “Self-Portrait” tonight, Feb 13th, at 7:30 and 8:30 at Bryn Mawr College as part of the Performing Arts Series. For ticket information call: 610-526-5210

A solo work combining dance, live animation, elaborate set design, and video, 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. A constant theme in the work of Kahlo, the idea of self-portraiture (or “the 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.

Self-Portrait was originally commissioned by Art After 5 in conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Frida Kahlo retrospective – the World Premiere performance was held at the Museum of Art in May 2008. In November 2008, Miro traveled to Poland to present the European Premiere of Self-Portrait at the Lublin Dance Theatre Festival to a sold-out, standing room only crowd.

“We are finding that Self-Portrait really resonates with people, both here in Philadelphia and in Eastern Europe where we recently performed it,” says Amanda Miller. “The idea of self, and also the importance of Frida as an artist to a generation young and old makes this piece very special and each time we perform it, the production grows richer and more developed.”

Miro will present Self-Portrait in a shared program with BalletX. Yes you read correctly…together again…but seperate. Self-Portrait will be staged in Bryn Mawr’s Erdman Hall, a modernist landmark by renowned architect Louis Kahn. BalletX will present their respective performance simultaneously in Thomas Great Hall; at intermission, audiences will switch venues. A great opportunity to see the divergent paths taken by two very different companies with common Phrenic roots.

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