In the electric calm of a blue-painted room, just hours before her death on the opening day of her first and only exhibition in Mexico City, painter Frida Kahlo reflects upon a life of passion and strugglewith love, with the body, with her country, and most of all, with her art. In this collaboration between Quebeçois playwright Sophie Faucher, who also portrays Kahlo, internationally acclaimed director Robert Lepage applies the latest computer/projection technologies to blend a small cast of live performers and Kahlo’s flamboyant, highly charged canvases. Like Kahlo herself, they create striking images of magical realism out of the volcanic sensuality and emotion that marked this fascinating artist’s life. Following an extensive European tour, where La Casa Azul (formerly titled Apasionada-Que viva Frida) was played in French, Neil Bartlett, artistic director of London’s Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, translated the work into English and the world premiere of the English language production was given there on October 11, 2002.
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