Viva la Vida - Frida Kahlo
Viva la Vida - Frida Kahlo explored the life and work of 20th Century painter Frida Kahlo. It was written by Karen Corbett, directed by Angela Chaplin and designed by Ken Evans, with music composed by Boris Conley.
The role of Frida was played by two actors as depicted in the 1939 work "Two Fridas", representing Kahlo's European and Mexican heritage. Handspan's production drew extensively on Kahlo's imagery, transposing her self-portraits to the stage in a psychological rather than biographical portrayal. The two sides of her character argue, rejoice and console each other as they reflect on the events of the artist's life.
A third Frida, derived from the 1944 work "The Broken Column", appeared in puppet form to convey Kahlo's determination to be a working artist after her devastating trolley bus accident. Other works referenced included "Fulang-Chang and I" (1937), "The Dream" (1940) and "Tree of Hope" (1946).
Viva la Vida - Frida Kahlo premiered at Melbourne's Gasworks Theatre in 1993 and toured to Adelaide, Hobart and Sydney in 1994.
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