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Carmen & Frida: Folkloric Ballet [video] // San Mateo

April 2 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$25 – $60

The paintings of Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in movement.  Plus, a classical tale of love & betrayal, re imagined.


Beautiful ballet about the notorious Iberian gypsy and femme fatale — set to the fiery musical score of Russian (Soviet) iconoclast composer, Rodion Shchedrin;

and The Paintings of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Movement, a highly colorful dance interpretation of some of the great artworks of this Mexican power couple, as conceived and choreographed by revered ethnologist and [see photos below!] Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco Artistic Director, Zenón Barrón.

April 1-2 / San Mateo Performing Arts Center.
7pm & 2pm shows.
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
Address: 600 N Delaware St.
San Mateo, CA 94401 (US)

Buy tickets from $25 here!


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About amazing show!

“Two stories of women, one fictional, one real but both immortalized, told through dance and music that will spark your passion, touch your heart and inspire your courage.”


Peninsula Ballet Theatre’s 55th anniversary season continues with two one-act dance works to be presented April 1 and 2 at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center:

Carmen Suite

Artistic Director Gregory Amato’s reimagined Carmen is set to Soviet-era composer Rodion Shchedrin’s “iconoclastic but highly entertaining retelling of Georges Bizet’s opera,” scored for strings and battery of percussion instruments. This one-act ballet recounts the familiar operatic love triangle between our Spanish Gypsy Carmen; her lover and soldier Don José; and the highly attractive torero, Escamillo – but in Amato’s gender-bending interpretation, Escamillo is modeled after celebrated and real-life female 19th century bull-fighting matador, Maria Isabel Atienzer (Maribel). All three characters must face a choice between the prospect of love, or the security and comfort of familiarity; only tragedy can ensue. ¡Ole!

The Paintings of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Movement

Following its initial premiere in 2012, this encore presentation, which has been condensed into one act, is an analysis of the works of celebrated husband and wife artists, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, which unearths elements inherent in Mexican culture that are deeply rooted in class differences.

Director Zenón Barrón interprets these into the language of dance in this selection of traditionally based choreographies by focusing on specific elements within the paintings.

Fueling the creativity and development of this work are the lives of Rivera and Kahlo, who were emblematic figures in Mexico’s political development during the early to mid-20th century. While Rivera’s work is known for portraying the political revolution of that era distinguished by his commissioned murals, Kahlo’s numerous self-portraits and paintings are indicative of her life experiences and have been hailed as insightful and provocative. Some of these works of art epitomize the couple’s experiences while in the United States, including San Francisco from 1930-34, and are reflected in the curated dances.


Photos: Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco Artistic Director, Zenón Barrón.


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Dancers from the two companies will be appearing in both works.

Buy tickets from $25 here!

San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 N Delaware St.
San Mateo, CA 94401 (US)

Tickets, $30, $45 and $60, are now available for purchase online via peninsulaballet.org. The performance schedule is Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. The San Mateo Performing Arts Center is located at 600 North Delaware Street, San Mateo; free and ample parking is available on-site.


April 2
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$25 – $60
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