Following on from the success of the =dance strand, Sadler’s Wells continues its commitment to presenting dance by deaf and disabled artists, beginning with award-winning performer Caroline Bowditch’s work Falling in Love with Frida which comes to the Lilian Baylis Studio on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 October 2015 as part of a national tour. The tour follows a sell-out run and a Herald Angel Award at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe. The work was most recently performed at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe.
Falling in Love with Frida explores the life, loves and legacy of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), probably the most famous disabled female visual artist in the world. Today she is largely remembered for the iconic images she created that explicitly document her lived experience of disability, but she is rarely remembered or acknowledged as a disabled artist.
Falling in Love with Frida is a reclaiming of a disabled artist, a love like obsession and an enquiry into how we shape what we are remembered for and how much we can really control others’ memories of us. For this work, Bowditch performs alongside three other artists.
On making the work, Caroline Bowditch said; ‘The journey of making this piece, that I am really proud of, has been full of adventure, joy, laughter and tears. I invite you to join me around the yellow table in celebration of one of the finest women that has ever lived.’
Caroline Bowditch describes herself as a performer, maker, teacher and speaker. Born in Australia, she now lives in Glasgow. She has developed a career as a performance artist and choreographer including an Unlimited Commission to create a performance as part of the Cultural Olympiad for the London 2012. Caroline is a founder member of Weave Movement Theatre (Melbourne) and The FATHoM Project (Newcastle), is Artist in Association with Paragon Music (Glasgow) and a Visiting Professor at Coventry University. Her consultancy work in accessibility and inclusivity includes ongoing work with Skånes Dansteater, Sweden and most recently with Australian organisations Access2Arts, Arts Access and the Australia Council for the Arts.
Falling in Love with Frida was originally produced by Dance4, commissioned by Dance4 and SICK! Festival, supported by Creative Scotland, Made in Scotland, Arts Council England and Nottingham City Council.
Age Guidance 16+, contains themes of an adult nature
Free post-show talk (BSL interpreted) for ticket holders after each performance
All performances are BSL interpreted
Audio-described performance on Tuesday at 8:00pm
Caroline Bowditch: Falling in Love with Frida
Monday 5 & Tuesday 6 October 2015
Performances at 8:00pm, Tuesday matinee at 3:30pm
Tickets: £17 (£8.50 Concessions)
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com
Tuesday 1st September 2015