Limerick preparing to Fall in Love with Frida

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

Performance artist and choreographer Caroline Bowditch in Falling in Love with Frida, at Dance Limerick on September 11
The award-winning Falling in Love with Frida comes to Dance Limerick later this month as part of the Elemental Festival.

The award-winning Falling in Love with Frida comes to Dance Limerick later this month as part of the Elemental Festival.

The piece, by performance artist and choreographer Caroline Bowditch, ponders the weighty questions of legacy and influence and how an artist will be remembered.

Inspired by famous Mexican painter Frida Kahlo - who was remembered for her art, rarely as a disabled artist - Bowditch, an Australian born artist who also happens to be disabled herself, draws many parallels with the self-portrait artist and feminist icon. Caroline explains that it is a “celebration, 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”.

“The journey of making this piece 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,” she says.

Fresh from Edinburgh Fringe success, the show exposes many little-known facts about Kahlo in a witty and compelling performance - that is suitable for audiences over 16 years.

While in Limerick, Ms Bowditch and her collaborator Nicole Guarino will lead a workshop for professional choreographers at Dance Limerick.

The performance itself takes place on Friday, September 11 at 8pm. See www.dancelimerick.ie.