Falling in love with Frida
Australian born but now Glasgow-based, Caroline Bowditch is an award-winning disabled performance artist and choreographer, and a highly vocal advocate for the disability arts sector. Alongside her own work, she has collaborated with a wide range of companies (notably fulfilling the role of Scottish Dance Theatre’s Dance Agent for Change from 2008-2012); acts as a consultant to a number of international arts organisations regarding accessibility and inclusivity issues; and is currently a Visiting Professor at Coventry University.
Combining monologue and dance, Falling in love with Frida is an intimate and enticing show that explores the life, loves and legacy of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. Remembered for the iconic images she created that explicitly document her lived experience of disability, she is rarely remembered or acknowledged as a disabled artist. Bowditch reclaims Kahlo as such in a production that draws out affinities and parallels between their lives; examines the ways we shape what we are remembered for and investigates the limits of our ability to control others’ memories of us.
In the press
"an hour of remarkable beauty and joyful humanity" ★★★★★ The Herald
"imprinting an indelible mark on our hearts and minds" The Scotsman
Number of people on stage3 (4 if Sign Language Interpreter)
Number of people in touring company5 plus Access Assistant
FreightNo freight necessary
Touring AvailabilityDecember 2015 – December 2017
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space8m x 6m
Text-basedMedium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
Also contains:Sexually Explicit Material, Strong Language
VenueStudio 3, Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU
Production dates18-30 AUGUST (not 24 AUGUST)
Duration55 MINS (no interval)
Caroline Works closely with promoters and their local networks to provide participatory activities including:
Post show discussions
Workshops drawing on the themes of Falling in love with Frida
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshops for teachers, group leaders or anyone with an interest in working inclusively, age 18+
Consultancy work regarding accessibility and inclusivity.