A biographical musical about Frida Kahlo is in development – ARTnews.com
Frida Kahlo’s family authorized the development of Frida, the musicala new scenic work based on the life story of the revolutionary 20th century artist.
“Frida still has so much to teach us, and I am thrilled to have the chance to honor her life and work through this most expressive medium,” producer Valentina Berger said in a statement. “His spirit is very much alive in our young creative team, who continually dazzle me with their great creative swings and mind-blowing talent.”
Berger, along with the Frida Kahlo Estate and BTF Media, announced the project last week. The first workshop is scheduled for 2023 and the musical will feature music by Mexican composer Jaime Lozano and lyrics by Obie Award-winning playwright Neena Beber.
In today’s announcement, the production said the musical will reveal “seldom explored new layers of this most complex – and ardently Mexican – genius as it follows his journey from Mexico City to Paris and New York. , and finally back to the house of his birth for one last professional triumph.
The synopsis continued: “Anchored by the roller-coaster romance between the artist and his great love, Diego Rivera, Frida will be a full-throated celebration of Kahlo’s joyful spirit of creativity and her unparalleled gift for transforming physical and emotional pain into breathtaking beauty.
Speaking on behalf of the Kahlo family, Mara Romeo, Universal Heiress to the Frida Kahlo Legacy, said, “We are deeply moved that this show will allow audiences around the world to experience Frida as much more than just a artist. Full of joy, ahead of her time and steeped in Mexican culture, she was a woman driven by an endless passion for life. I hope this show will inspire women around the world to have the courage to fight for their dreams.
Although neglected during her lifetime, Kahlo, who died in 1954 at the age of 47, is now widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the last century, an example of surrealism and a pioneering artistic force in the feminism and an icon of and for Chicanos. His work exploded in popularity and impact from the 1970s, and the 2002 film Fridastarring Salma Hayek and directed by Julie Taymor, brought her legacy to moviegoers.
In the statement, the producers of the upcoming stage production said, “Kahlo redefined beauty, humanity, political activism, feminism and sexuality in her time. Through an explosion of music, alongside authentic imagery and exclusive estate-granted material, Frida promises to bring audiences new dimensions of this ever-relevant sister, friend, artist, lover and icon.
Additional information about the musical is expected to be announced soon.
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