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Detroit’s Hispanic community honors artist Frida Kahlo, wife of Diego Rivera

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Frida Kahlo is stepping out from behind the frame and onto the stage.

On Saturday, March 28 at 7:00 pm Kahlo, a Mexican self-portrait artist who was married to famed artist Diego Rivera, will be the subject of Living Arts’ third installment of Teatro Chico, entitled Homage to Frida/Homenaje a Frida.

Teatro-Chico-croppedThe free show will take place at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center at the Mexicantown Mercado, 2826 Bagley Avenue in Southwest Detroit. Admission is free and no advance reservations are necessary.

The show will feature dance performances, spoken word and visual arts from the Living Arts’ Dance Collage, Sabrina Nelson, Sasha Vulovic, and One Single Rose aka Rosemarie Wilson.

This presentation will have a special partner, the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Detroit’s premiere art museum is currently running the exhibition “Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in Detroit,” and has taken the chance to cross promote and deepen the experience.

Sabrina Nelson 2Spanish for “Little Theatre,” Teatro Chico is an attempt to show the artistic talents and capabilities of the youth of Southwest Detroit.  This showcase is only part of a creative initiative that will go for the next two years.  This specific outing, a celebration of the work and life of Frida Kahlo through dance and art, is a way to celebrate International Women’s Month.

The most advanced dance students Living Arts has to offer make up Dance Collage, and they have tripped the light fantastic in venues across Detroit, including Music Hall, Detroit Noel Night, Wayne State University, and Marygrove College.  Their work is choreographed by Marianne Brass.

College for Creative Studies alumnus and painter Sabrina Nelson not only comes from Detroit, but teaches at the DIA.  Nelson says to be heavily influenced by Frida Kahlo, and her work will even be part of the DIA’s exhibition.

Rosemarie Wilson, perhaps better known as One Single Rose.

Rosemarie Wilson, perhaps better known as One Single Rose.

Poet, playwright, singer, and actress are all hats worn by Detroit native Rosemarie Wilson, perhaps better known as One Single Rose. A Davenport University graduate, she is a two time National Poetry Award recipient, and aa three time Who’s who in Black Detroit honoree, She received a first place and two time honorable mentions from the Detroit’s Writers’ Guild Paul Laurence Dunbar Poetry Contest as well as was Metro Detroit Times’ reader’s choice for 2014 Best Local poet. She was a 2014 Spoken Word Billboard Award nominee and is a Motown Mic-The Spoken Word Artist.

Sasha Vulovic arrived in Detroit on a whim in September of 2011 while traveling around the country. She has taken well to the city’s flavor, diving into the tight-knit artist communities.  She joined Hardcore Detroit as a B-girl and has competed and performed with other dancers in the region. In addition to the skill for movement, she also plays keyboard, banjo, and accordion. Sasha also uses her talents as a pre-school and after-school instructor in programs focusing on creative movement and dance.

The Teatro Chico series is sponsored by the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Detroit, Ford Motor Company Fund and the Ford Resource & Engagement Center.

Segmenting art by style, type, time, and medium may be fine for some areas, but here in Detroit, they are all coming together and swirling into something bigger and inclusive.

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