Second Annual Urban Corps
La Niña de la Casa Azul
by Cie. De Fakto
May 15 at 8pm
Montgomery College, Takoma Park-Silver Spring
Cultural Arts Center
Dancer and choreographer, Aurélien Kairo of Compagnie De Fakto, is known for his poignant studies of historical figures who lived lives touched by extreme physical or mental anguish. He returns to DC with three Mexican and two French dancers for “La Niña de la Casa Azul,” which takes a poignant look at the tumultuous life of Mexican painter and icon, Frida Kahlo, using movement and dance to shine a light on Kahlo's ability to transform physical tragedy into inspiration for her paintings.
Choreographed by French choreographer Aurélien Kairo, founder of De Fakto Dance Company, with the participation of Dance2XS Mexico.
Although Kahlo’s paintings are often associated with surrealism, the artist herself always declared the contrary: What she painted wasn’t a dream; it was her reality. Indeed, one might look at her life story, which was touched by great tragedy and suffering, and easily consider her reality dramatically more marked by surrealism than her canvases.
“La Niña de la Casa Azul,” reimagines the life and mind of this brilliant artist through hip-hop movement juxtaposed with orchestral (think Philip Glass), blues (think Nina Simone), and percussion instruments, bringing an exuberance to the struggles that led to Kahlo’s stunning and prolific creativity.
"Like a pirouette in the destiny of a broken life, [La Niña de la Casa Azul has] all the combativeness, the flamboyance, and the faith in life of this unusual artist, battered in her skin following a horrific bus accident, which are all highlighted here. It's an invitation to live - Vida la vida! - and to dance, toward and inspite of everything." - Maison de la Culture de Nevere et de la Nièvre
Produced by the Maison de la Culture de Nevers et de la Nièvre, Théâtre du Vésinet, la ville de Romans sur Isère, CCN de la Rochelle / Poitou Charentes, and l’ADAMI, with the support of the Rhône Alpes region and the city of Lyon. Produced by Compagnie de Fakto Danse.
Click here to watch an exerpt..
Clip of "La Niña de la Casa Azul" (in French):
Where: Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center // 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD
Price: $20. $15 AFDC members/children/seniors/military. $5 students.
*Online ticket sales close at 6pm. Tickets will be available at the door.
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Getting to the Cultural Arts Center
By Metro: 10 minute walk from the Silver Spring Metro Station (Red Line). Head Southeast on East-West Highway. Turn left on Georgia Ave. The Cultural Arts Center will be on your left.
Parking available in the West Garage or W-1 Lot.
Attend Urban Corps events and win an all-expense paid trip to France!
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ABOUT THE URBAN CORPS FESTIVAL
The Alliance’s Urban Corps transatlantic hip-hop festival comes back to the Capital in its second edition with a powerful compilation of urban dancers, musicians, and speakers. Their distinct backgrounds in arts such as mime, acrobatics, DJing, video and, of course, American urban tradition come together to present an all-around unrivaled vantage point on metropolitan culture and identity. In addition to on-stage dance shows in and around Washington, DC, the festival features a conference and film screening, outdoor park events, live music, and dance party, with events that will entertain culture lovers of all ages.
Sunday, May 12 // FLOW with Albus Cavus, Urban Artistry, and Forward Fest DC
Monday, May 13 // Urban Corps Selections
Tuesday, May 14 // Comparing Dance Aesthetics & Funding in France and the U.S. (conference)
Tuesday, May 14 // "93: La Belle Rebelle" (documentary)
Wednesday, May 15 // La Nina de la Casa Azul by Cie. De Fakto
Thursday, May 16 // Beats and breakdance with KLP and Backpack Jax, followed by DJ Baronhawk
Friday, May 17 // "What Did You Say?" by Brahim Bouchelaghem
Saturday, May 18 // Urban Corps Live in the Park