“Why do I need feet when I have wings to fly with?,” Mexican artist Frida Kahlo rhetorically said after an almost fatal bus accident in Mexico City left her bedridden for months in 1925.
Photo courtesy Christian Caro Maison
Nearly a century later, Kahlo's ability to translate her suffering into something beautiful has inspired contemporary dance artists in Santiago to resurrect one of Latin America's most influential artists on stage with the dance theater production “Pies pa' volar” (“Feet for Flying”).
“As opposed to a biographical tribute, the play poetically interprets different moments of Frida's life, concentrating on her role not only in the artistic world, but also her influence in politics and her relationship with Diego Rivera,” director and co-choreographer Andrés Cárdenas said.
“Pies pa' volar,” first premiered in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2006. Now in Chile, 12 dancers from Santiago's Compañía de Papel contemporary dance company are performing the act, which will be showing until Nov. 29 in Universidad de Chile's downtown campus.
It will later participate in Santiago's acclaimed international theater festival ‘Santiago a Mil’ in January.
Without dialogue, “Pies pa' volar” explores Kahlo's imagination through body movements, transcending language and nationality barriers.
Thursdays – Saturdays
November 27, 28, 29
Casa Central – Universidad de Chile (Metro Universidad de Chile)
General Admission: CP$2,000
Students & Senior Citizens: CP$1,500