3/21-22: Frida (an opera)

BUY TICKETS: Saturday, March 21 @ 7:30 pm
BUY TICKETS: Sunday, March 22 @ 2:30 pm

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FRIDA ~ Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Frida is a musical portrait of Frida Kahlo. At age 18 Kahlo was badly injured in a traffic accident, which necessitated many medical procedures. Her recovery in isolation, as well as a lifetime in physical pain, profoundly influenced her paintings — some of the most compelling of the 20th century. Kahlo’s two marriages to famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (creator of Detroit Industry for the Detroit Institute of Arts) was another source of inspiration and heartache. The opera celebrates Kahlo’s vivacious spirit, talent, sexuality, and fragility, with splashes of music as colorful as her artwork.

Music by Robert Xavier Rodriguezac_mariadeba_catalina cuervo profile cred. john parra photography.widea
Book by Hilary Blecher
Lyrics by Migdalia Cruz
First performed in Philadelphia, 1991



A co-production of Michigan Opera Theatre and the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in conjunction with The Berman Center for the Performing Arts and the Detroit Institute of Arts Community. Outreach activities provided by generous support from Karen and Rick Williams.

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3/28 A Conversation with Apple Award Recipient Garth Fagen



GarthFaganGarth Fagan, Tony Award winner for “Best Choreography” in “The Lion King”, founder and artistic director of Garth Fagan Dance, is receiving the Apple Award from Wayne State University’s Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance.  “A Conversation with Apple Award Recipient Garth Fagan” will be hosted at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts on March 28 at 6:00 p.m.  Mr. Fagan will appear in an “actors studio” style interview and question-and-answer session.  Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at wsushows.com, at (313) 577-2972 at the Wayne State University or Berman Center for the Performing Arts Box Office.

Garth Fagan_0Fagan, a Wayne State University alumni, began his career when he toured Latin America with Ivy Baxter and her national dance company from Jamaica.  Baxter and two other famed dance teachers from the Caribbean, Pearl Primus and Lavinia Williams were major influences on Fagan.  In New York City, Fagan studies with Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Mary Hinkson, and Alvin Ailey, who were all central to his development.  Fagan was director of Detroit’s All-City East side Dance Company and principal soloist and choreographer for Detroit Contemporary Dance Company and Dance Theatre of Detroit.

For his path-breaking choreography for Walt Disney’s “The Lion King”, Fagan was awarded the prestigious 1998 Tony Award, England’s 2000 Laurence Olivier Award, and Austrailia’s 2004 Helpmann Award for Best Choreography.  He also received the 1998 Drama Desk Award, 1998 Outer Critics Circle Award, 1998 Astaire Award, 2001 Ovation Award for his work on the Broadway musical, which opened in fall 1997 to extraordinary critical praise.

The Apple Award, named for Sarah Applebaum Nederlander, is given by the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University on behalf of the Nederlander family. In 2001, the Nederlander family formed a partnership with the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University, establishing the Sarah Applebaum Nederlander Award for Excellence in Theatre; an annual theatre award and visiting artist fund in their mother’s name. The Apple Award brings a nationally prominent theatre professional to Detroit and the Wayne State University campus as a guest lecturer to interact with and educate the rising stars of the Department of Theatre and Dance through master classes and a question-and-answer style forum. Previous Apple Award winners include Neil Simon, Carol Channing, Stephen Schwartz, Mandy Patinkin, Patti Lupone, Marvin Hamlisch, Elaine Stritch, and Tom Skerritt.