“Cada quien su Frida”
an Ofelia Medina's creation
played in the "House of the Indio Fernández" in Mexico City
up to the 15th April 2007
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Mexico City - February 2007
“Cada quien su Frida” is the most recent Ofelia Medina's creation in which she combines pieces of the unique Mexican painter diary, her letters and writings, with some scenes described in the Lolo de la Torrente's book “Memoria y Razón de Diego Rivera”, fused with the favourite songs of Frida Kahlo. Humour and irony, inherent signs to both artists, are possessed inside this oniric musical show.
Ofelia Medina is a powerful actress. Because of that, she was the first one to represent the unusual Mexican painter Frida Kahlo at Paul Leduc's major film, “Frida, Naturaleza Viva”, and she is proudly the one who, at that time (1984), promoted the realization of this film that actually won several international awards.
Now, after more than 20 years, Ofelia Medina shows her audience the enclosing introspection and imagination she has been through around Frida's character. She represents the painter from the inside out in a performing act that from time to time confuses the viewers between the painter and the actress, crossing together thru a painful and delirious journey that is also filled with laughs and hope and a bit of acid consciousness, just the way Frida would have done…
The company is integrated by talented young actresses that characterize different periods from the painter like Youth Frida, the one' who believes and is absolutely alive, represented by Teresa Ruiz. Dead Frida is ironic and with a sharp sense of humour, wonderfully characterized by Miriam Balderas. Besides them is the Tina Modotti's character, Italian, communist and photographer represented by Francesca Guillén as the younger Tina, and by Giovanna Cavasola as the older one. Both actresses have a huge formal career in performing arts. Dayana Tellerías represents the very close friend and Frida's nurse; Judith, the Cuban woman who was also absolutely compromised with communism as lots of intellectual people during that time.
Ambiental live music is a collage between cello and percussion, especially composed for this play by Jimena Giménez Cacho, extraordinary cellist with an amazing sensibility and talent. Natalia Perez Turner, who is also a brilliant cellist, shares the Morfina's character with Gimenez Cacho stirring it with her own twist.
We also include popular Mexican music directed and performed by Ángel Chacón in the companion of Mauricio Díaz “el Hueso” and Kátsika Mayoral. Together they recreate Frida's parties' atmosphere with a traditional and pleasant repertory from different authors of the time.
Scenography is made up by Carmen Parra, Mexican scenographer and painter.
Production is in charge of Begoña Lecumberri.
Between reality and memory; the conjunction of time, past and present together, are always fooling around inside Frida's brain…