Self Portrait







I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.  -Frida Kahlo









A living sculpture, Self Portrait combines live animation, video, still imagery, and demanding physicality.  Inspired by Kahlo’s paintings and diary, Miller Rothlein creates a performance tapestry out of a single dancing body.  Among the personal tokens of a life, the dancer literally becomes a canvas, as vivid color, light, and text are projected/hand-drawn upon her moving surfaces.  The choreography explores containment, revealing the depths below the surface of any self-representation.

Premiere: 05/02/2008 Art After 5, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Concept and direction: Amanda Miller and Tobin Rothlein
Choreography and Performance: Amanda Miller
Animation and Projection Design: Tobin Rothlein
Lighting Design: James Clotfelter
Costume and Set Design: Miller Rothlein
Music: Regina Spektor, Tin Hat Trio, Lullatone, David Cieri

The Philadelphia Museum of Art originally commissioned this 30-minute solo for the 2008 Frida Kahlo exhibition.  Funding for the technology used in Self-Portrait generously provided by Siti Studio Architects, Studio City, California.

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