'Las Fridas' A Movement Installation by Mark DeGarmo at The Clemente

Studio 517 at The Clemente

107 Suffolk St.
New York, NY 10002

"Las Fridas"
A Movement Installation by Mark DeGarmo, Choreographer and Director
Marie Baker-Lee and Mark DeGarmo, Performers

This 60-minute movement installation is a love letter to Mexico and an offering to Frida Kahlo. It is composed of 16 sections in two equal 30-minute divisions of 8, creating a Mesoamerican mandala structure of four 4s. Duality of sun and moon, mother and child, sacred and secular, ancient and current appear throughout Kahlo's indigenous and mestizo, naÔve and experienced imagery. In keeping with Kahlo's symbolism, the sections are paired across the work's two parts, structured as internal and external dyads.
While originally conceived over 30 years ago, DeGarmo completed "Las Fridas" during the past 7 years. Educational theorist Maxine Greene's hands and Living Theatre Co-Founder Judith Malina's feet appear as video projections through the windows of Frida's "Casa Azul." In offering this work for public viewing, choreographer Mark DeGarmo pays homage to his mothers, grandmothers, mentors and friends.
DeGarmo has had a distinguished international career as choreographer and performer and his creative work reflects his passion for intercultural exchange. He describes his creative process as a synthesis of diverse influences:
"I am interested in exploring the roles of dance and the dancer in different cultures and to travel and interact with people from all over the world. My work has enabled me to dance, teach and work in a variety of cultural settings, including El Salvador; Guatemala, Cuba, Mexico, Eastern Europe, Peru, Russia, France, England and more.
These journeys fill me up with sounds, images, experiences and motion, and inspire me with new dreams for new ways to move and to speak through the dancing and moving body. I come home filled with new perspectives on what it is to be alive and full of dreams about the future. I return feeling connected with a transcultural and transdisciplinary community of artists."
Mark DeGarmo Dance presents original artist-scholar works that reflect and celebrate the multicultural experience of our communities. Over the past 20 years, Mark DeGarmo has created and produced over 100 dances and 28 international tours involving cultural diplomacy and exchange in 12 countries across Latin America and Europe. "Las Fridas" will tour Mexico in 2016. In 2015 DeGarmo received the Martha Hill Dance Fund's 15th Anniversary Mid-Career Award and the Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth Foundation's Recognition.
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Friday, 18 December, 2015

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