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NEWS: The Two Fridas North East Dance Tour



On Saturday July 10th, Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens in Durham will be playing host to the opening night of the North East Summer tour of "The Two Fridas" a dance-theatre production inspired by two of the 20th Century’s most iconic female artists and respected LGBT and BAME figures.

The Two Fridas is definitely one of the country’s most quaint and ambitious dance theatre stage shows of 2021, which will embark on an eight-date tour of the North East in July and August. The show shines a spotlight on to the life, times and work of two of the art world’s most pioneering and prestigious artists - Frida Kahlo (Mexico) and Amrita Sher-Gil (Hungary/India). Frida Kahlo was, and still is seen as an inspiration for people working and representing disability arts across the world.

The show is a collaboration between the Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance and Balbir Singh Dance Company. The 50-minute socially distanced show is an explosion of cultural and heritage references, pulling together emotional and imaginative elements from the eventful lives of both KAHLO and SHER-GIL in a production which fuses together Classical Indian Dance, Western Contemporary Dance and Mexican Folk Dance.

The Two Fridas is motivated by one of the world’s most famous self-portraits [The Two Fridas by legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo] which is being brought to life from the canvas to the stage through an intriguing mixture of storytelling, dance-theatre, music, performance, and live painting. The tour has been set up in reaction to the overwhelming response to a sell-out ‘World Premiere’ performance that was staged at The Bowes Museum in County Durham back in September 2020.

The Two Fridas is being supported by Arts Council England through its National Lottery Project Grants Programme. The Summer North East Tour will be visiting:


Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens - County Durham (Saturday July 10th)

Darlington town centre, Market Square (Thursday July 22nd)

Stockton Borough Libraries (Friday August 6th)

Albert Park, Middlesbrough (Saturday August 7th)

Tees Barrage International White Water Course, Stockton-on-Tees (Sunday August 8th)

The Forum Theatre, Billingham (Friday August 13th) * (this will be staged indoors)

Preston Park Museum and Grounds, Stockton-on-Tees (Saturday August 21st)

Kirkleatham Museum & Grounds, Redcar (Sunday August 22nd)

For all Ticket Details: http://www.billinghamfestival.com/the-two-fridas-uk-tour



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Billingham International Festival of World Dance is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected dance festivals, with over five decades of experience entertaining audiences from across the globe.

Olga Maloney, Artistic Director of Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance, said:


“As we emerge from our cultural hiatus enforced by Covid-19 – we want to provide audiences with a delightful and beautiful display of dance theatre performance that people have been craving and imagining for the past 15-months.

“We are just bursting with anticipation and excitement with the prospect of bringing The Two Fridas to such a breath-taking array of cultural venues this Summer starting off with Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens.

“These heritage locations will help bring to life a theatrical tale about two of the art world’s most charismatic figures; enabling the story to blossom in such a remarkable way. We are so lucky to have these magnificent buildings on our doorstep.”

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Balbir Singh of Yorkshire-based Balbir Singh Dance Company, said:


“This show represents how two women’s struggle to tackle adversity can be used as an inspiration for us all to deal with what life throws at us."

To ensure the right authenticity and accuracy is achieved on stage The Two Fridas has brought in the skills of Manchester-based Mexican consultant, Magaly Flores – who runs a Mexican dance company 'Colibri'. Throughout the performance the audience will also be stimulated by a display of live painting that will be delivered by a different local painter connected to each individual venue.

BIFF would like to thank the following organisations for their assistance in helping to host The Two Fridas this Summer: Darlington Borough Council; Middlesbrough Council; Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council; Stockton Council; and the Canal & River Trust.

The Two Fridas promises to be a cultural highlight of Summer 2021.


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Tickets:

There are still tickets available for Saturday’s show at and they can be purchased by visiting www.ushaw.org/theatre-dance Tickets are priced at £15 with the performance commencing at 6pm.

(Venue Address: Woodland Road, Durham, DH7 9RH)

The Two Fridas will enjoy seven further dates at venues across the North East including Billingham, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, and Stockton-on-Tees.

All of the dates, locations and ticket details can be found on the Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance website.


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Come rain or shine - weather: The Two Fridas won’t be scuppered by the weather as an alternative onsite location will be found for the performance.

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