Artist and Muse   was made possible in part by Mexic-Arte Museum.

Artist and Muse was made possible in part by Mexic-Arte Museum.


June 1 & 2, 2018, 8pm


@ Ballet Austin

Join us June 1 & 2 at 8pm for Artist and Muse, Performa/Dance's fourth evening-length production at the AustinVentures StudioTheater. This year, we are proud to feature work by women about the female experience. Camille: A Story of Art and Love by Artistic Director Jennifer Hart, which premiered to rave reviews in 2016, returns to the stage with an expanded cast. Guest choreographer Wynn Fricke will present her work Two Fridas, danced by two guest artists originally from Venezuela. Also on the program are two more pieces by Hart: The Beast and Murmuration.



A Story of Art and Love

WINNER: 2016-2017 Austin Critics’ Table Award for Best Short Work (Dance)

“For those who have wondered whether ballet is dead, or (as I’ve wondered myself on occasion) dead to them, I stand, teary- eyed, hand to heart, and suggest this ballet.”
-Jonelle Seitz

In June 2018 Artistic Director Jennifer Hart will re-stage her critically acclaimed work Camille: A Story of Art and Love with an expanded cast. First presented in 2016, Camille is based on the dramatic life of early twentieth-century artist Camille Claudel. Claudel, a muse and collaborator of renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin, was a gifted sculptor in her own right, but never received the recognition she sought. She lived a tormented and turbulent life, having a long-term affair with the married Rodin as well as spending her later years in a psychiatric hospital with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. Don’t miss one of the last times to see Performa/Dance favorite Oren Porterfield on stage, as this second appearance as Camille will be one of her last performances before she retires from the stage. 


Two Fridas

Two Fridas, by guest choreographer Wynn Fricke, is a contemporary work for two women inspired by Frida Kahlo’s painting and spirit. First commissioned in 2000 by Minnesota Dance Theater with original music by Carl Witt, the dance abstractly explores an embattled relationship with pain and with one’s self. In June 2018, Two Fridas will be performed by guest artists Anais Di Filippo and Francesca Dugarte, both originally from Venezuela.

In 1944, the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo wrote in her diary “I am disintegration.” Some of her paintings express the physical pain she endured throughout her life after an accident left her spine and pelvis severely fractured. In her painting, The Two Fridas, she depicts two versions of herself seated on a bench holding hands. One Frida is bleeding with the heart shredded and exposed, while the other’s heart is intact.

The Beast

"The Beast is an investigation of the very human response to suffering at the hands of evil: there are numerous emotional, physical, and psychic effects that one must endure at the hands of persecution. This work doesn’t question the whys but mines the instinctive reactions to pain. The work was created in the years following 9/11 when we, as a society, were arguing the ethics, effectiveness, and ultimately covert use of torture as an enhanced interrogation technique during the War on Terror. As an artist I wanted to explore the bodily sensations and mental strain of these techniques as a way of understanding them tangibly."

-Jennifer Hart


Originally created for Ballet Austin II, Murmuration arose out of witnessing incredible choreography by a flock of birds (called a murmuration). The movement captures the essence of flight patterns and bird-like movements.


photography by Anne Marie Bloodgood