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A Frida Kahlo-inspired play

Flowers in the hair, colourfully painted skulls and thick eyebrows are all associated with Frida Khalo. This Mexican painter, 64 years after her death, is still one of the most well-known artists of her country, internationally admired not only for her art but her adventurous life.

Her blue-walled home has been turned into a museum, objects of her life tour the world in exhibitions and even a film has been made tracing her creativity, hardships and intense love life. Now, a play about the adventure of human existence inspired by Frida Kahlo’s life stories and interactions is arriving to the island with a month of performances, so Frida fans gather around.

Premiering on December 29, catch the play to discover what Frida Khalo and Theresa May could possibly have in common. It sounds as surprising.

Titled The Colourful Story of Frida K., the play/performance addresses a series of questions. Would Frida ever imagine herself at a London Art Museum more than 60 years after her death? Is art life and is life art? Can art abolish time? What if we could relive everything that has defined us? Can the arts change the world? How much art or rather – how much life – can we endure?

The performance is based on music, speech and image, along a journey full of surrealism through time and subconsciousness for the modern human who today is haunted, as ever before, by the shadow of loneliness, neglecting the collective aspect of his existence.

While Frida’s objects and work find a new home at a large exhibition in London, a psychology student is struggling to finish her final-year dissertation as first she has to solve the puzzle that her personal life has become. What happens when the lights go out and anxious spirits come out from the picture frames?

In a crazy posthumous feast with Death, Frida breaks away from her plaster corset, lights up a cigarette, drinks tequila, escapes again from the painted O at the window of her childhood bedroom and unfolds her long life with humor, fear, pain and passion.

The play goes through a journey that brings humans up against their greatest fear: themselves. In a Cypriot production and using Frida as a source of inspiration in a time when she continues to interest the artistic world, the play sounds promising.

The Colourful Story of Frida K
Play performance about the adventure of human existence, inspired by Frida Kahlo’s life stories and interactions. December 29 – January 30. WhereHaus 612, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €15 / €12. Tel: 99-597159

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