DANCE: "Blanc d'Ombra/White in the Shadow"
June 25

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 Arg├╝elles, 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".