DANCE: "Blanc d'Ombra/White in the Shadow"
French sculptress Camille Claudel (1864-1943) spent the last 30 years of her life in an asylum, the starting point of choreographer-performer Marta Carrasco's work about this fascinating artist.
In "Blanc d'Ombra/White in the Shadow", the remnants of Claudel's past life, stacked in a corner, conjure up the shadows of her days in Paris: fleeting memories of fellow artist Auguste Rodin, and her sculptures.
The work also references Claudel's lifelong stuggle to continue her work, defying nineteenth-century conventions to establish herself in a field dominated by men.
For U.S. audiences, this is a rare opportunity to see "Blanc d'Ombra/White in the Shadow". Following her Ford engagement in June, Marta Carrasco will appear at the Avignon dance festival in France.
Artist bio: Barcelona-based choreographer Marta Carrasco started her dance career at the late age of 17. She worked with European choreographers Avelina Argüelles, Angels Margarit and Ramon Oller. Marta struck out on her own with her first solo production, "Aiguardent/Firewater" in 1995.
Find it: Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Get info: (323) 461-3673
Find more dance events in the June 2004 issue of "Arte Six".