Fridas Welt am Salzburger Landestheater

Frida’s world

Frida Kahlo (1907-1964) is an icon of Latin American painting and also played a role in the depiction of LGBT lifestyles in art. From 19 October, “Frida’s World” will be staged as a ballet at the Salzburg State Theatre.

Kahlo’s eventful life interests people as much as her many autobiographical paintings. “I paint myself because I spend a lot of time alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

Inner turmoil and physical fragility

Physically confined to bed due to illnesses in her childhood and a serious road accident as an 18-year-old, she often painted herself. Over the course of her life, she created 55 self-portraits that reflect her inner turmoil and physical fragility. She defied life with more intensity than is imaginable given her medical history.

As a Marxist, she was an important voice in political Mexico and had an eventful love life. She had affairs with both men and women while she was married to her husband. Her famous painting “Two Nudes in the Forest” (see above) shows Kahlo’s love and attraction to women and was a milestone in the representation of LGBTQ+ in art.

Ballet director Reginaldo Oliveira approaches the artist and the human being and draws inspiration for his movement language from the emotional power and distinct colourfulness of Frida Kahlo’s paintings.

Frida Kahlo only received the attention of a solo exhibition in her home country of Mexico at the end of her life. In the course of the women’s movement of the 1970s, an international interest in her work and her special personality began that continues unabated to this day. From 19 October also as a ballet at the Salzburg State Theatre.

Ballet director Reginaldo Oliveira already brought a homage to the Brazilian attitude to life to the stage in 2018 with his choreography “Balacobaco”. Now he is once again taking us to the Latin American continent, supported by stage designer Matthias Kronfuss. Together, they recently enchanted the Salzburg audience with their interpretation of “Sleeping Beauty”.

Salzburger Landestheater 19.10.2024 (Premiere) till 5.06.2025

Published 11. May 2024Updated 16. May 2024

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