Frida Kahlo and Marie Curie, two women who marked their time, protagonists of the Sala Russafa program

Each one revolutionized their field: Frida Khalo art and Marie Curie science. But both shared a determination that led them to excel, marking their time and going down in history. This week, both are on the program at Sala Russafa, with two proposals for different audiences.

In the stage offer for young people and adults, from December 1 to 4, the MaQuinant Teatre group presents Cartes a Curie. The show tries to bring the figure of this chemist, scientist and mathematician closer, the only person who has received the Nobel Prize twice. Through correspondence with family and friends at different stages of his life, this intimate show reveals the most human facet of the myth, its contradictions, its desires and values, its concern to discover what its contribution to the world could be and its clear will of not giving up what he was passionate about, despite the difficulties.

Isabel Martí signs the dramaturgy and directs this work in which the public discovers María Salomea Sklodowska, the real name of Marie Curie. From her native Poland, she traveled to France as a penniless migrant, leaving her origins behind to pursue physics and chemistry.

Discoverer of radium and polonium, pioneer in the study of radioactivity, despite the recognition she had to manage to finance her research. She became involved as a volunteer in World War I, intervening in fighting hospitals to save multitudes of wounded soldiers and highlighting the role that women played in a conflict where her bravery was not recognized. In short, she developed a brilliant career in a hostile environment for women, always guided by the determination of her research vocation and with the aspiration that hers was not the only woman’s name that people would remember from the history of The science. A wish perhaps, even today, she has not achieved.

The actresses Aina Gimeno and Ana Ulloa interpret this text that has the voiceovers of the director herself as Marie Curie, Fran de la Torre, Rebeca Artal-Dato, Sonia Sahuquillo and Anaïs Duperrein.

From Thursday to Sunday, as part of its ‘XII Cicle de Companyies Valencianes’, Sala Russafa offers this piece by MaQuinant Teatre, which has been working with the performing arts from a purple perspective for 11 years. The training brings together creators committed to promoting the visibility of women through shows focused on female figures, where issues such as evictions, the fight for freedom or bullying are discussed. An interesting line of stage work that deepens in Cartes a Curie, where they build a female reference from humanity, intelligence and sensitivity, but, above all, reflecting their work in favor of progress.

IN FAMILY PROGRAMMING, THE UNIVERSE OF FRIDA KHALO REACHES THE LITTLE ONES

In other latitudes, far from Europe, the career and life of another extraordinary woman developed. The Mexican Frida Kahlo was a woman of strong presence and character, free in her mind, in her art and in her heart. But she was trapped in a body that suffered greatly from the disease and she had to spend several periods in bed, where she developed her passion for painting.

The creator of a powerful iconography, his personal and creative world is transferred to the little ones through Frida, the xiqueta that I was going to paint, a show by the Valencian group Teatre de La Caixeta that Sala Russafa hosts in its family program on the 3rd and 4th from December.

Its protagonist is Magdalena, a girl affected by polio who has to rest and dreams of being a doctor to cure other children like her. In order to feel less alone, she invents an imaginary friend who wants to be a painter. From then on, little Frida becomes her companion and teaches her to love art.

José Blasco Lobo is the author and director of the piece, while Charo Gil-Mascarell is responsible for the choreography. The cast is made up of Víctor Fajardo, Arantzazu Pastor and Sandra Calatayud, responsible for giving life to the multiple characters that pass through the room and the minds of these two friends in a staging that mixes theater and dance, also relying on puppets, audiovisual projections and sound ambience. The result is a fascinating proposal that encourages viewers aged 4 and over to set no limits, to dream and to pursue their dreams.

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Frida Kahlo and Marie Curie, two women who marked their time, protagonists of the Sala Russafa program