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Phantom of Frida

By Emilia Cervantes

Don’t miss the artistic and emotional power of the Mexican icon Frida Kahlo, explored July 27 and 28 as Shelter Theater presents Phantom of Frida by Gilberto Estrada. The one-act Spanish-language show, starring Luna Sofia and Gabriela Aizpuro, features the music of Lila Downs. It will begin at 8pm with general seating tickets for 120 pesos sold at the theater beginning at 7:30.

Phantom of Frida
By Gilberto Estrada
w/Luna Sofía and Gabriela Aizpuro. Music by Lila Downs
Fri & Sat, Jul 27 & 28, 8pm
Shelter Teatro
Vicente Guerrero
Colonia San Rafael
120 pesos

In an interview Estrada said his multi-disciplinary work of acting, music and dance asks the audience to imagine having a conversation with the long-dead Frida about current developments in contemporary Mexico.

“I have tried to reflect her political and ideological thinking, her participation in the Communist Party and, of course, her affair with Trotsky,” says the playwright.

Dealing with such issues requires a very deft human touch, he added, but he believes the show, complete with elaborate costuming is a thorough and honest treatment of Frida’s values in all respects.

Gilberto Estrada had his first encounter with the life and work of Frida years ago when he first read a book on the painter written by Hayden Herrera. He became fascinated with the life of Frida Kahlo, her art and its expression within her challenging personality considering the cultural atmosphere that surrounded her at a time when there was an explosion of creativity in Mexico in many art movements. From this, he was inspired to write his interdisciplinary script for theater and dance.

The show promises to be an intriguing and imaginative blend of color, dance, music and passion as the soul of Mexico’s premier female artista is explored within the context of today’s Mexico.

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